How to Become a More Mindful EaterJan 25, 2023
Whether it's with clients, on social media, or just in my own life - I talk about mindfulness...a lot.
Being more mindful and intentional is something I'm always working on, as it seems to improve just about every aspect of life, including eating.
These days it's more common than not to find ourselves shoveling down our meals in the midst of a work call or while mindlessly scrolling on social media.
If this resonates, check out these simple but impactful ways to become a more conscious eater.
Plus, if you're needing some extra guidance in the mindfulness department, also be sure to check out my Hacks to Feel More Mindful Right Now and Is Mindfulness the Key to Mental Health? blog posts.
What is mindful eating anyway?
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, mindful eating focuses on your eating experiences, body-related sensations, and thoughts and feelings about food, with heightened awareness and without judgment. Attention is paid to the foods being chosen, internal and external physical cues, and your responses to those cues.
Research has even shown that mindful eating can lead to greater psychological wellbeing, increased pleasure when eating, and body satisfaction. Likewise, the reduction in stress mindful eating creates likewise improves digestive capacity.
Start by heightening your senses
When you really tap into how your food looks, smells, feels and tastes, you're forced to be in the present moment as you experience it.
I've seen both personally and with my clients that engaging in this habit allows us to tap into our hunger and fullness cues more effectively, manage cravings and overall feel more fueled and fulfilled by our meals.
Slow down & chew
It's easy to get into the habit of gobbling down each bite, so here's your reminder to simply chew your food more efficiently. Savor each bite and slow down to enjoy the experience of the food you're eating.
Digestion begins here, so you'll see improvements in this department as well.
Consider your meal "holistically"
In addition to the physical aspects of mindful eating, here are some other factors to consider to become a more mindful eater:
- Where the food came from, where it was prepared, and who prepared it
- Internal and external factors that impact your food decisions and quantity of food you eat
- How you feel before and after eating
Let me know how you put these tips into practices in your own life, and if you want to dive in more deeply together, shoot me a note!
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