We have heard so much about Mindful eating. But, what’s the hue and cry about it? Well, Mindful eating is not a diet and has no food restrictions. It is developing a new mindset around food.
By taking time to slow down and be more mindful when eating, you’ll be able to reap health benefits. That can carry over into other life areas to promote greater wellbeing, absorption of nutrients, fullness, appreciation, and happiness. Enjoying food should be a treat, so why not give yourself the full opportunity to relish in it.
It slows you down and makes you more aware of portion sizes. Besides, it helps you get out of negative, automatic food habits like overeating while watching your favorite TV show.
Mindful eating plugs you back into your body’s cues so you know when to stop and start eating. This can be such a difficult task if your sense of hunger and fullness has been skewed or warped by large restaurant portions, fad diets or comfort eating. This way you ensure that your body is nourished and not overfilled and tired.
Our brain gets the message that we are full, only after a time lapse of 10-12 minutes. Thus, we tend to eat more than we need. Thus, being aware of your food helps in managing your weight and the weight loss process.
When we sit and eat, there is more blood flow towards the stomach. This helps in digesting the food and in absorption of the nutrients. Besides, the stomach releases the right digestive juices in the right quantity at the right time. This also makes you feel light and energetic.
Taste the flavours, textures of the food. Take in the aromas of all the food when eating. Enjoy the process of eating, as the brain releases happy hormones. Thus, you avoid emotional eating and your body is fueled to kepp you going through the day.
Taking the time to be mindful about your food helps you express gratitude. Be grateful for the food you are eating, where it came from, the time it took to cook it, and the flavors and textures that satiate your senses.
I have been mindful while eating for the last 6 months. And I am glad it’s a part of my lifestyle. As my stomach and body are healthy, happy and optimistic.
Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).