What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating is part of mindfulness – living in the moment. This practice should also be applied when preparing and eating food. Here are a few points that will help you get started.

Listen to your body – Listening to your body signals such as experiencing the feeling of hunger, your stomach growling and lower energy levels are important signs that you need food. Often, we eat for comfort to respond to emotions such as sadness, stress, frustration, and boredom.

Keep to a routine – One way of implementing mindful eating is to keep to a routine. Eat at set times at designated places, preferably away from other distractions such as television and other devices. Enjoy meals with family or friends whenever possible.

Make the effort – Having meals at a table, with food on a plate, and using utensils will help you appreciate the meal more compared to eating on the run, out of a container with your hands.

Shop right – Make sure you stock your kitchen with healthy foods. Make a shopping list and only buy what’s on the list. Don’t go shopping when you are hungry!

Savour the moment – Take a few minutes to consider where the food on your plate came from and appreciate the process. Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful!



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