Mindful eating. What can it mean to you? We live in such a fast paced world that the joy and process of eating is often forgotten. Our food choices are often influenced by the environment around us such as a work cafeteria or a vending machine. Mindful eating is when you choose to be aware of what your food can offer you, both mentally and physically. This may cause you to rethink what types of foods you eat since you really slow down and become mindful of what is in front of you and what you are putting in your mouth. Mindful eaters are known to focus their thoughts of eating moment-by-moment, helping to slow down the dining process and causing a more enjoyable experience.
How can you benefit from the practice? The Center for Mindful Eating has established these points for what mindful eating is:
- Allow yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
- Use all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
- Acknowledge responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
- Become aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions of when to begin and end eating.
Mindful eating is a new concept to a lot of people and can be a little confusing, but it is worth your effort to understand it! Learn more from the Center for Mindful Eating’s website where you can find a lot more information and resources on what mindful eating is and how it can positively affect your life!
Additional information on Mindful Eating can be found through the SPIN program at UNH. Eating Well at UNH, Mindful Eating 101, events, and videos are provided for your use. In addition, Health Services offers meditaion to practice Mindful Eating.