Every day, we lose ourselves in the patterns of daily life. Our habit energy pushes and pulls us to and fro and we’re left with little opportunity for experiencing life in a way that we’re fully present at this very moment.
What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating welcomes you to focus on the act of eating, and on the body’s physical and emotional responses to that act.
This concentration offers you a more awareness of the exotic energy of food, making a space for you to recognize appetite and satiety cues.Eating maybe fits itself to mindfulness practice more than any other activity.
This is because we find the flavors we experience when we eat frequently both interesting and varied and the act of eating pleasant. By the simple practice of mindful eating that we can become more awake to our lives and find peace and joy all the while.
Eating mindfully can help you reduce stress, improves digestion and assimilate your food better, curb overeating, manage weight, and give you an improved sense of health.
Try These Mindful Eating Tips to Get the Most Out Of Your Meals
Before eating take a moment to notice the aroma, visual appeal, and even texture of the food. Appreciate the various sensations which accompany your meal. This short moment will help your attention open up so that you become more fully present to the act of eating.
While eating with mindfulness remain open to any idea, feeling, or sensation that comes into your field of awareness and don’t attempt to push them away. Acknowledge whatever arises openly and then bring your concentration back.
The practice of mindful eating is simple, but there are many little tips and tricks you can take advantage to improve your ability to eat mindfully and to take your mindfulness practice further.
Turn Off Devices
We’re trying to put our complete and full focus on the moment that we’re eating both on the act of eating and on whatever emerges within that moment of eating so any electronic devices within eyesight can serve as distractions from our mindfulness practice.
Turn off your T.V., close your phone, turn away or at least sit away from your desktop computer, and away from anything else that could potentially distract you while you’re eating.
Expressing gratitude is a wonderful way to shift your body into a positive, healing mode and reduce stress.
Take a moment to appreciate your food by honoring those that brought it to you farmers, factory workers, the chef, mother Earth, and even the plants or animals that you are consuming.
Eat A Little More Slowly
Instead of inhaling your food, experience it and chew it well.
Notice the colors, textures, and flavors of your food. Enjoy chewing each bite.
Digestion begins in the mouth, and many digestive complaints like indigestion, bloating, belching and gas can be resolved simply by simply chewing your food thoroughly.
Plus, you’ll be giving your brain ample time to catch up with your gut to avoid overeating.
Chew 30 times
Talking about how Zen Buddhist monks and nuns chew each bite of food no less than 30 times.
The way most of us eat, we chew just a few times and swallow what are still larger pieces. Not only do we throw down our meal quickly and not leave much time to be present or much less rest ourselves in peace and quiet, we’re not very kind to our digestive systems.
By chewing each bite at least 30 times, we not only help promote mindfulness practice, but we’re kinder to our body and our mind as a result.
Eat In Silence:
The reason for this is that silence itself, as blank and empty as it might seem when we think about it in our heads, in reality, is very nourishing. Silence allows us to go home to ourselves more easily, which is really what mindfulness allows us to do more than anything else. For this reason, it’s the perfect complement to mindfulness practice.
Have A Mindful Drink:
Some activities are better suited for mindfulness practice than others. Drinking is one of those activities. Particularly something very hot or cold.
You could make a regular practice of drinking a cup of tea or coffee each day mindfully before your breakfast or another meal. This is a highly nourishing practice in itself that also serves to make you more mindful before your meal
No matter how you choose to bring the practice of mindful eating into your life, know that it’s both highly nourishing and a simple and easy mindfulness practice to start with.