Often I’ll finish a meal and barely remember even eating it because I wasn’t paying any attention, so then I’ll reach for more. There are loads of benefits to mindful eating – you’re more aware of when you’re satisfied, therefore eat less, and chewing your food well takes pressure off your digestive system.
“Mindful Eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food. ” – The Center for Mindful Eating
I love these tips from Wanderlust Hollywood to help stay mindful while eating. I’m now practicing eating with my non-dominant hand!
- Eat only using your non-dominant hand.
Take 32 chews of each mouthful, one for each tooth.
Visualise the life cycle of what you’re eating.