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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:38

What is Mindful Eating?

 

Mindful eating is a dietary habit based on the principles of mindfulness, a concept believed to have originated from the practice of Buddhism. Mindfulness is a type of meditation that enables practitioners recognizes their physical sensations and their emotions and also provides the ability to cope with the demands of these factors. Mindfulness has helped in the treatment and management of many psychological conditions like eating disorders and other food related behaviors, depression and anxiety. Mindful eating in essence is basically about making use of the practice of mindfulness to achieve a state of complete attentiveness to one’s experiences, desires, and cravings during eating.

Additionally, mindful eating has to do with eating your food slowly, attentively and without any distraction. It’s not just enough to say don’t talk while eating but involves paying attention to and recognizing physical and psychological hunger cues and stopping eating when satiety sets in. it also involves the ability to differentiate between actual hunger and non-hunger activators for eating, getting one’s senses involved by being conscious of colors, smells, and tastes, learning to cope with the feelings of guilt and anxiety that has to do with food and eating. Additionally, mindful eating also cuts across the ability to feed or eat to achieve and maintain a state of general well-being and also being aware of the effects of food on one’s physique and thoughts.

Why Try Mindful Eating?

We are faced with an abundance of unending food choices in every day of our lives in our society today. As a result of the speed at which our society is paced today, distractive tendencies have shifted our focus from the very act of eating, making us care more about televisions and the media. Making us approach eating with a mindless and often quick attitude. This, however, can pose some problems since the human brain needs at least 20 minutes to register satiety from eating. So for people that eat very fast, the signal for satiety may not register in the brain until too much has been consumed. By mindfully eating your food, your attentiveness is restored to your food and eating becomes an act of consciousness rather than a reflex action done hurriedly.

Mindful Eating and Weight Loss

As we already know, most dietary plans geared towards weight loss fail to meet up with expectations when assessed on the long run. As a result, majority of the overweight persons who manage to lose some of their body weight revert to their original weight or even add more before the commencement of the weight loss program. Disordered eating conditions like binge eating, external eating, and food cravings have been found to be associated to this occurrence. By altering the way we think about food and eating, we replace all negative thoughts and feelings concerning food and eating with awareness, consciousness and positive feelings about good health from healthy and conscious eating.

How to Practice Mindful Eating:

For the complete beginner or newbie, there are of course many simple ways to kick off, like practicing trivial and simple things which are basic table manners like eating your food more slowly and without hurry, chewing completely and thoroughly, putting out distractive elements by turning the television off and staying away from the phone during eating (this can be seen as a time to charge your phone, so you can plug it in in another room while you’re in another eating), eating quietly, and finally focusing on how the food you’re eating is making you feel, and of course stopping when satisfied.

 

As a beginner on mindful eating, it is best to choose one meal each day, and then focus on these points highlighted and discussed above. Once you're able to do this, mindfulness becomes part of you and more natural and more meals can be incorporated.

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