As the New Year comes, one of the most popular resolutions each year continues to be (unsurprisingly): lose weight. Instead of dieting, juice cleanses and putting a ban on foods you CAN’T eat, we’re here to tell you one of our favourite tips: mindful eating.
What is mindful eating?
What happens a lot of the time is that people will eat – not because they are hungry – but because they’re bored, stressed, or upset. Basically, they eat due to non-food triggers.
Mindful eating is the action of being present in the moment so you can truly taste the food and be aware of all facets of the eating process. You’re not distracted by watching a screen, or rushing to eat to move on to the next to-do item on your list. Instead when you taste each ingredient, you enjoy the moment and the act of eating. You’re fully immersed and paying attention to the experience of eating from the textures, smells and even sounds of our food. Mindful eating makes it possible for you to experience the difference between physical satisfaction and fullness as you’re learning to savour your food.
How can I eat with intention?
Sometimes mindful eating is as simple as asking yourself, “am I hungry?”. From there, you can truly understand the intentions behind your eating and you’re able to observe your thoughts and choose how you will respond. Instead of reacting mindlessly, and eating everything in sight when you’re more bored than hungry, eating with intention allows you to finally break old automatic or habitual chain reactions and discover options that work better for you.
When you are eating, be aware of how your body reacts to the food you are eating in the moment: do you feel like you are fueling yourself with nutritious food? Choose food that will satisfy your mind and body – after all, satisfaction doesn’t just come from how full you feel but from enjoying the taste of your food without guilt! If you’re eating vegetables, fruit, protein and whole grains, you’re giving your body what it needs – and you’ll realize this when you start to tune into how your body feels! As a result, you’ll feel more satisfied.
Enjoy your food, eat slowly and savour the conversation at the dinner table. Who knew that ‘living in the moment’ during meals would help you become happier and healthier?
How about you – is dieting part of your New Years resolutions?
What are your thoughts on mindful eating? Let us know!