I remember growing up and mom always told us kids, “you eat too fast, slow down”. She insisted that we were not even tasting our food but we didn’t listen.
You know, she was right.
A few years ago, I attended a seminar for school and was taught about “mindful eating“. You are probably thinking, “what is mindful eating”? Well, I’m gonna tell you.
Mindful Eating is:
- Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through foo d preparation and consumption by respecting your own inner wisdom.
- Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to you and nourishing to your body by using all your senses to explore, savor and taste.
- Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without judgment.
- Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decision to begin eating and to stop eating.
Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
- Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
- Accepts that his/her eating experiences are unique.
- Is an individual who by choice, directs his/her awareness to all aspects of food and eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
- Is an individual who looks at the immediate choices and direct experiences associated with food and eating: not to the distant health outcome of that choice.
- Is aware of and reflects on the effects caused by unmindful eating.
- Experiences insight about how he/she can act to achieve specific health goals as he/she becomes more attuned to the direct experience of eating and feelings of health.
- Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of his/ her food choices has on those systems.
Now, lets talk about the steps of mindful eating:
1) Use your sight to look at food’s color and shape with full concentration.
2) Smell a food’s aroma—both cooked and uncooked. Can you tell when something is fresh or spoiled?
3) Taste a food by letting it linger in your mouth for a long time, chewing it and extracting all the flavor it has to give you. Do you
like (or dislike) it?
4) Experience details of a food’s texture and sound as you chew.
5) Hear food as you crunch, munch, and pop it in your mouth.
Benefits of Mindful Eating
Because mindful eating can enable you to become more fully aware of every bite you take, mindful eating can lead to a significant decrease in mindless eating. Overall, mindful eating can be an effective strategy for eating less, enjoying food more, and even reducing stress in the whole process. As parents, we should be teaching our children about mindful eating now to prevent obesity and disease later.
Now that we all know how to eat mindfully, it’s time for dinner..
“Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”