Eat Mindfully

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Mindfulness, Nourishing Yourself | 0 comments

Eat Mindfully

 

As you know I have been focusing this month’s blog on reducing holiday stress and preventing weight gain. 

One of the most important tools that I teach my clients is how to eat mindfully.

This is especially important this time of year, when our bodies like to hold onto fat and we are under extra holiday stress!

Before I discuss the difference between mindless eating vs. mindful eating, I think it is important to note that it is completely normal for us to store fat this time of year. As the weather gets colder our bodies naturally want to have an extra layer of protection. Don’t beat yourself if you find that you are making an effort to change the way you look, but don’t seem to notice a change in your weight.

So what is mindful eating vs. mindless eating?  

Eating mindlessly is when we barely taste our food or when we eat too fast. It is also means waiting too long to eat or eating emotionally, not because we are hungry.

Eating mindfully means we are paying attention to what we are eating. We are aware of all our sensations and what is happening in our body. It also means eating without distractions and enjoying our food! Eating mindfully is all about how you experience the food in your body. The way the food looks. The way the food smells. The way it tastes and the texture of your food.

It never stops amazing me at how much this simple act of enjoyment can make a huge impact in our path to healthy eating and living. When we learn how to eat mindfully we learn how to understand our relationship between the food we eat and how it makes us feel.

This can often be the missing ingredient in cultivating a nourishing relationship with our mind, body & spirit.

Here are some simple ways to cultivate a mindful eating practice…

  1. Breathe before you eat and really soak in the aromas of the food
  2.  Say a word of thanks to where the food came from and how it was prepared
  3.  Eat without distractions (that means no T.V. cell phones or email)
  4.  Experience the food (how does it smell, what does it taste like, what does it feel like in your mouth)
  5. Chew slowly and savor every bite

I encourage you to try eating mindfully at least once this week. See what the experience is like for you. Maybe you’ll gain a better understanding of when you are full. Maybe you’ll learn to appreciate your food more. Maybe you’ll find the entire experience super painful and never want to try it again. Whatever it does or does not do for you, one thing I know for sure is, that it can help you become more aware of your relationship between food and your body. After all that is our goal in cultivating nourishment.

 

 

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