How to practice eating mindfully
Being mindful might be something you try to practice in your day to day life, but eating mindfully is SO IMPORTANT when it comes to a) healing your relationship with food and b) allowing your body to digest your food correctly - reducing the risk of bloating, overfilling yourself with food, and other side effects of mindlessly munching.
Practising mindful eating has enabled me to truly appreciate food, realise when I’m full and effectively control portion sizes, but it’s also allowed me to feel less anxious before meals and really tune in to how my body is feeling.
So, how can you practice mindful eating in easy steps?
Don’t be hard on yourself: The first and most important thing to remember when you’re trying to eat a little more mindfully is to not be hard on yourself. Accept the fact that there may be times that you screw up. It can take a while for behaviours to become habits, so give yourself time, and calmly learn from your mistakes.
Gratitude: Take some time before and after your meal to really be grateful for your food. If someone has cooked for you - take some time to really thank them for putting in the effort. Analyse what’s on your plate, think about how many nutrients you’re gaining in your meal and be really grateful.
Don’t judge your food: If you’re looking at your plate and you notice that it’s not as healthy as you’d like, or it contains things you react badly to i.e. gluten, dairy, try not to get stressed and feel negative about it. Enjoy your meal and just take note that next time, you should perhaps make sure there are more greens or fibre or whatever it is you know is lacking.
Eat slowly: Take the time to eat your food really slowly, cut your food properly and mindfully in manageable mouthfuls, and chew your food slowly and plenty before you swallow. This sounds so simple, but it’s so tough to remember, especially when you’re really hungry or in a rush.
Listen to your body: Ever made a massive plate of food, inhaled it in less than five minutes and then realised afterwards that you’ve overdone it? Maybe you feel really full and bloated because you ate so much after every meal? When you start to slow down during your meals you can then start to really listen to how your body feels. When you start to feel satisfied, take note and stop eating. Practice your gratefulness for the food and take your plate out.
Remove distractions: This is so important. When you’re watching TV, scrolling through Instagram or reading a book while you eat, you are not concentrating on your body or your food. It’s worth switching off all devices for 15 minutes while you eat so that your body can register that you’ve eaten and what you’re putting in your body.
Let us know how you get on huns! S x