Have you ever eaten a snack or a meal, finished, and noticed that you didn't take the time to enjoy its texture and flavor?
“Mindful eating” means eating with all our senses. This means feeling, smelling, touching, hearing and seeing the food we eat. By paying attention to every bite and every sip, we alert our brain that nourishment is on the way to each cell and organ in our body.
Each of us has a unique relationship with food. The pleasure we experience (or don't experience) while eating doesn’t entirely come from the food itself, but from how we relate to it. Many of us eat in such a hurry that we don’t even taste our food. The same happens if we eat while doing something else at the same time, like watching TV, reading, or working.
By taking the time to carefully identify your emotions while eating, you’re less likely to over- or under eat. Under eating triggers cravings, and overeating typically triggers fear, guilt, shame, and weight gain, which can then cause a reaction of under eating again.
Be mindful about eating. This means, paying attention to the smell, taste, texture, and satisfaction you feel with every bite you take. As you eat, ask yourself, “What is my body saying about the next bite? How do I feel? Is my stomach feeling empty or full?” Don’t try convince yourself that you are feeling something other than what your body initially tells you. Instead, feel and listen to your body.
We should use mindfulness for eating and for other activities we perform. It’s especially useful for exploring our emotions and reactions to different stimuli we encounter in everyday life. By being mindful about your eating, as well as your emotional reactions to other activities in your life, you will be able to control your attitude and your relationship with food and with other things around you.
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