How to Practice Mindful Eating for a Better Life Balance?

Mindfulness is a Buddhist concept. As a form of meditation, it assists you in knowing and controlling your emotions and physical sensations in a better way. Based on the concept of mindfulness, mindful eating is practiced to treat many eating disorders and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

It’s not a diet. There are no menus or food restrictions. It is developing a new mindset around food. So, basically by practicing mindful eating, you are improving your relationship with food.

Benefits of Mindful Eating

Mindful eating can generally help you in the following ways:

 We don’t realize it but our toxic foods habits like eating right before going to bed, fad diets or indulging in comfort food can form hard-to-break patterns. Mindful eating evokes your sensations around food so that you know when to stop and start eating.

 Some of us have a tendency of overeating to cope up with anxiety and negative feelings. By following the rules of mindful eating, you should be able to no longer rely on food to manage your emotions and discover better ways of coping like meditation and mindful breathing.

 “Mindfulness changes the way you think. Rather than reacting to food-related thoughts that urge you to overeat, overly restrict your diet or emotionally eat, etc., you respond to them. You can hear these thoughts without obeying them.”  – says Dr. Susan Albers, psychologist and New York Times Bestselling Author.

How to practice mindful eating?

Nurture a healthy relationship with your food by making the following amends in your lifestyle:

  1. Don’t go to the supermarket with an empty stomach. Schedule your shopping trip right after lunch. That would not only keep you from drifting towards the centre aisles but will burn some calories too. Make sure to stick to your list and avoid impulse shopping.
  2. Try to eat in a smaller plate, slowly savouring each bite.
  3. Celebrate your food by channelizing all your senses during the process of eating or cooking. Pay equal attention to the texture, aroma, and sounds of the food along with its taste. A good exercise would be to try guessing ingredients while chewing the food.
  4. Avoid eating on your work desk. Keep distractions like phone or TV off. Complement your dinner time with happy thoughts or meaningful conversations with the people who matter.
  5. Eat slowly, taking fine pauses between your bites, and chew thoroughly (at least 32 times).
  6. Express silent gratitude for the food on your table and for the people, you got an opportunity to share a meal with.

Mindful eating leads to a meaningful life. Start practicing it now and remember to share your thoughts about the same with us in the comment section below.


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