What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating refers to learning to pay attention to how you eat, and why you eat. It teaches you to pay attention to your eating habits, practices at meal times and your meal time rituals. With it's Buddhist roots, mindful eating could help you to loose weight and improve how you feel.

Mindful eating can help you to reconnect with the experience of eating and enjoying your food. Now days life is busy, everything is rushed, you often shovel down food quickly in front of the TV after a long days work. Or you may eat your food standing at the kitchen counter while rushing around getting food for your baby and the rest of your family.

How to start eating more mindfully

  • Eat your food slowly
  • Eat without distractions of phones or TV
  • Appreciate your food
  • Pay attention to the flavours in your meal 
  • Eat based on physical cues (hunger) rather than emotional cues (comfort eating)

Some benefits of mindful eating

  • It will help you to stop eating when your body is actually full, it takes your brain 15 - 20 minutes to realise that you are full 
  • You will enjoy eating healthy food and you will really taste your food
  • You will begin to understand how different foods affect your mood and energy levels
  • You will also learn what foods fuel your body the best while going about your busy day at work and when you exercise 

It takes practice

Like anything new that you try, it will take time, patience and practice to learn the skill of mindful eating. A good starting point is to pay attention to what you are eating, why you are eating, how full you are, and what emotions you feel before and after eating. Focus your attention in these areas and you are well on your way to mindful eating. 

Author:  Vanessa Geraghty McGann - Owner & Master Trainer - PTV Personal Training & Wellness Coaching. pt_v@live.com.au.