By Robin Larkin
Mindfulness is a concentrated awareness that offers no judgment. That awareness is what is happening both in and outside your body. Mindful eating creates an awareness of your body: hunger, taste, smell, and fullness. It also creates an awareness of mind: judgment, distraction, and emotions.
So many of us eat while doing other things. Watching tv while eating dinner is commonplace. But we run the risk of overeating and not enjoying our food when we do that. Instead, make eating the main event. Whether it’s a snack on a break from work or a 3-course meal lovingly prepared by yourself or someone else, give it your full attention. Mindful eating means bringing your awareness to all the components of the food and your body. How does the food smell? Is it crunchy or soft? Is your hot food hot and your cold food cold? How does your body feel? Are you eating because you’re hungry or because there is food in front of you? By chewing each bite thoroughly and putting your utensil down between bites, the body has time to feel fullness and let the mind know to stop eating. By suspending judgment, food becomes a pleasurable experience instead one of guilt and shame.
Give mindful eating a try next time you eat. Eat because you’re hungry. Chew thoroughly. Enjoy the tastes and textures of your food. Listen to your body and stop eating when it says it’s full.
Bays, J.C. (2009). Mindful Eating: How to Really Enjoy your Meal. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mindful-eating/200902/mindful-eating