You may have heard me talk about mindful eating but you’ve thought “it’s too hard” or “I just can’t seem to put it into practice.” If so, this is for you!
As I’ve mentioned previously, mindful eating is a practice of cultivating an open-minded awareness of how the food we choose to eat affects our body, mind, and emotions. To eat mindfully is to be in the present moment without judgment or criticism and with intention and awareness.
So often, we consume our food without even thinking about said food. This is a common phenomenon is known as mindless eating. The key then to eating mindfully is to become present.
You may be thinking, “Jenna, but how?”
Here’s the simple part…
Remove the distractions and focus on your breath.
Notice I said ‘simple’ and not easy…
When we turn off the TV or put down our phones while bringing awareness to our breath it allows us to come into the present moment and into our bodies.
Becoming present allows us to then experience eating our meal and actually feel more enjoyment from the food that we are consuming. Because when our attention is fully submersed in the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, we aren’t savouring our food. heck, we are barely tasting it! The thing is, your stomach doesn’t have taste buds so when we don’t stop to pay attention to the food in our mouth we often miss the opportunity to taste it and we end up consuming more as a result.
So in order to make mindful eating simple, become aware of your breath before you begin eating.
If you’re ready for the next step, download this guided Mindful Eating practice!
What to do next…
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