Food is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle, we all agree on that. But did you know that the way you eat is as important as what you eat. Mindful eating has therefor soon become one of the biggest food trends around the world.
Mindful eating teaches you how to give food a healthy place in your life, so you can finally interact with food in a way which is both happy and healthy. Eating without guilt or stress, who wouldn't want that!
This is how you can add someone mindfulness to your eating habits.
1. Take your time
Eating your meal can be part of your daily mindfulness routine. Make sure you sit at the table, take away any possible distractions and use all your senses. Before you take a bite, look at your food, smell it and if you want to maybe even feel it. Then when you take a bite, make sure you chew gently and put your fork down to create a pause in between bites. Your dinner table might not be without distractions, but see if you can find a way to incorporate those senses and slow down a bit.
2. Choose your food out of self-love
Every moment is a new moment in which we make our best possible choice. Be compassionate with yourself and from there, make the choices that help you towards creating your best life. We easily slip into self-loathing, disappointment and a feeling of guilt and start making out choices from that place. If you notice this happening, stop and give yourself some compassion. Be kind, gentle and understanding. It wasn't that bad and you're definitely not weak. We just have a strong subconscious that tries to sneak in. With mindfulness we can retrain these habits and create a loving relationship with ourselves.
3. Listen to your body
In our society we tend to live in our heads. The world of thought often takes over and we become unconscious of the moment we are in and the choices we are making. If this is you, then I can recommend to start doing regular body scans. You will learn to be more present with your body and catch yourself when the mind has taken over. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a little daydreaming. It is even healthy and necessary to process our experiences. But the world has a lot to offer to us and we are missing it. Once you've reconnected to your body, you can develop something called intuitive eating. This means that you get to know and understand the signals your body is giving you and you learn to adequately respond to them. This is a process that takes some time and training, but is absolutely worth it.
If you want to learn more about mindful eating, then I can recommend you to read The 5 steps to Conquer your Cravings.