Eat Mindfully, Be Present

November 6, 2019

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Author Maddie Anastasia with pasta
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Slow Down And Enjoy

Mindful eating seems to be a popular topic in the nutrition world. What does being mindful toward what you are eating really mean? The takeaway from mindful eating is to really slow down and enjoy every aspect of the food. Eat when you're hungry, not when you're full. It's not only about feeding yourself, it's about being aware of how you are nourishing your body with foods that you personally find delicious. Become aware of how the foods taste, make you feel, and why you chose to eat these foods. 

Many people eat for other reasons than being hungry, often referred to as mindless eating. It wouldn't be considered a "bad" thing if mindless eating resulted in choosing nutrient-dense foods. Typically, mindless eating results in consuming "empty" calories that provide no nutritional benefit

Mindful eating has many benefits: 

  1. Increase enjoyment - Looking beyond the taste, you'll notice the appearance, the smells, and the textures of the food. 
  2. Easier digestion - Mindful eating causes you to slow down, allowing for better digestion of your food. 
  3. Enjoy the moment - Reflect on what you are eating, and why you are eating it. 
  4. Control food instead of it controlling you. 

When you are eating mindfully, you are fully present. You taste and savor every single bite. Next time you're sitting down for a meal, practice mindful eating - you won't regret it! 

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live" - Jim Rohn. 

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