Mindful eating as the words suggest involves integrating all your senses thoughtfully and involving them in the process of eating. As most of us eat 3 meals a day, we often forget to be thankful for the precious food we it. We tend to become ignorant towards the actual purpose of your food- NOURISHMENT. It is not that one day we’ll decide to eat clean and achieve mind full eating. It is a series of good habits. It can only be achieved by practicing them regularly.
Things you should know to achieve mindful eating: 1. It’s like meditation. 2. It involves ‘Food for Thought’. 3. It is a PROCESS. 4. It requires a lot of practicing. Inculcating small changes every day 5. It disciplines the mind. 6. Becoming more conscious about your food choices and being thankful for the food we eat.
How to practice mindful eating: 1. Know what your body needs: There’s a hidden nutritionist in all of us who knows exactly which foods suit us and which don’t. Listen to it! 2. Chew you food well: It’s time we recall the 32 times chewing idea. It not only helps in digesting the food well but also gives you the time to appreciate what you are eating. 3. Avoid distractions: Netflix and binge seems to take away the entire idea of mindful eating. Set time aside for entertainment. Food is a need and not a part of entertainment.
4. Differentiate between hunger and emotional eating: Emotional eating is a huge barrier to mindful eating. Taking measures to control anxiety is the only way out of it. BOTTOM LINE: Mindful eating has proven to aid in weight loss. That’s obvious because it advocates eating right and only what is required. It also helps strengthen the bond between your mind and actions. It is a great tool to ensure physical as well as mental well-being. Because the food we eat also has an effect on our mood!