8 Ways to Be Mindful When You Eat

8 Ways to Be Mindful When You Eat

Eating on autopilot is not as fun as fully engaging with your meal. Here are 8 ways to do that.

  1. Pause Before You Eat: Take a moment to be grateful for your food before you nom it down.
  2. Engage Your Senses: As you eat, pay attention to the colors, textures, and smells of your food. Chew slowly and savor each bite, noticing the flavors as you do.
  3. Get rid of Distractions: Turn off the TV, put away your phone, and create a calm eating environment. Or, if you want to watch or read while you’re eating because you love doing that then go ahead, this isn’t a jail sentence.
  4. Listen to Your Body: Tune in to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re satisfied, even if there’s food left on your plate. There are no hungry children anywhere in the world that are going to benefit from you stuffing your face when you don’t need to.
  5. Mindful Portion Control: Don’t overload your plate. It’s easier to appreciate small amounts and you can always go back for seconds if you’re still hungry.
  6. Chew: Chewing each bite thoroughly helps you to digest your food better and helps slow you down. If chewing more makes you feel frustrated you might’ve left it a bit too long before eating.
  7. Mindful Snacking: Apply mindful eating to your snacks too. You might find you don’t need as many then.
  8. Stay Hydrated: Drink water between bites to refresh your palate so you can enjoy the next bite even more.

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