How can I be mindful about food?
- Begin with your shopping list.
- Come to the table with an appetite — but not when ravenously hungry.
- Start with a small portion.
- Appreciate your food.
- Bring all your senses to the meal.
- Take small bites.
- Chew thoroughly.
- Eat slowly.
What does mindful mean in food? Mindful eating (i.e., paying attention to our food, on purpose, moment by moment, without judgment) is an approach to food that focuses on individuals’ sensual awareness of the food and their experience of the food. It has little to do with calories, carbohydrates, fat, or protein.
Why is being mindful of eating important? Being mindful of the food you eat can promote better digestion, keep you full with less food, and influence wiser choices about what you eat in the future. It can also help you free yourself from unhealthy habits around food and eating.
What does mindful eating look like? Practice mindful eating exercises
“They’re tuning out all distractions, paying attention to all the sensory implications and aspects of the food, and practicing savoring it.” Along with this, developing a non-judgmental approach to what you eat — in other words, food is neither “good” nor “bad” — is key.