Eating mindfully: a subtle art of presence and awareness while you eat!
It’s true, dieting has very little to do with mindful eating but a lot to do with AWARENESS
It’s, in fact, an individual’s experience of the food and awareness of it in terms of flavors, taste, smell, texture, and every detail of one’s reaction to the food they are eating. You could say it, in fact, is a thoughtful method of savoring whatever you are eating and just being aware of it.’
The term “Mindfulness”, a practice based on Zen Buddhism, was defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”
Non-judgmental being the key, eating well has little to do with calories, carbohydrates, fat, or protein and more with what’s right for you!
Mindful eating begins right from buying the ingredients, preparing it, serve it, and consuming it.
Why mindful eating is important?
Because it improves your relationship with food, enhances your mealtime, reduce overeating which in turn helps you from gaining unwanted weight, aid good digestion and ensures you have a balanced diet rather than overeating and dieting which can lead to psychological issues related to food
Ways you can stop eat mindlessly!
1. Think about every item you add to your list and don’t give in to impulse buying when you’re shopping.
2. Don’t skip your meals to enjoy every meal with an appetite but not when you are super hungry
3. Start with small portions and take it from there
4. It’s always nice to think about all the effort & care that went into getting that meal ready ( be it at home or eating out), take a second to be thankful( to your self & to everyone who was part of the process)
5. Make sure all your senses join you for the meal. Enjoy and observe the color, texture, smell, and sounds, that’s half the fun, right?
6. Try and identify the ingredients. (It also makes for some good small talk at the dinner table)
7. Small bites help you experience the bite better + it helps you chew and digest better
8. Take your time! Don’t rush! Savour your meal