Mindful eating has definitely become a health buzz word.
But what actually is mindful eating?
Mindful eating is about focusing our attention, or purpose, on the act of eating.
It’s not so much about what we are eating.
It involves eating with awareness of all of our senses, not just sight and taste.
When mindful eating is used in a non-diet approach, it is also about:
· listening and trusting our body to tell us when it needs food (knowing when you are hungry)
· trusting that our bodies will tell us when we are satisfied/full and can stop eating – like Goldilocks and the three bears.
· being aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that food preparation and consumption can bring
· using all of our senses to guide food choices that are both satisfying to us and nourishing to our bodies
· eating without judgement or guilt, but with the intention of caring for ourselves.
Mindful eating isn’t about weight loss.
But if you are eating mindfully you will, in theory, eat less and that eating less will result in weight loss.
Apart from this being a simple explanation we all know there are many other factors that contribute to weight gain and loss.
When we slow down to eat we can experience all these things PLUS actually taste the food.
Look at mindful eating as a way to understand your body not adjust your weight.