What is Mindful Eating?
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Mindful Eating is a little different to Intuitive Eating, though it comes under the same umbrella.
While Intuitive Eating is all about tuning in to your bodies hormonal cues of hunger and fullness, Mindful Eating is about getting back in touch with the experience of eating and enjoying our food.
Mindful Eating involves cultivating an open-minded awareness of how the food we choose affects our bodies, feelings, mind, and all that is around us, allowing for gratitude and compassion.
It involves using as many senses as you can to enjoy your food. Focussing on taste and texture, smell, how a food looks, how it sounds when you eat it, how it feels in your stomach – utilising all of your natural senses.
Mindful Eating is incredibly difficult to partake in when we are in distracted environments. Such as when we are eating our lunch at our work desk while doing work, scrolling on our phones, or probably the most common, watching TV.
It’s really difficult to both mindfully (and intuitively) eat when we are in distracted environments such as these few listed.
And in the fast-paced world we live in, we’re pretty well distracted most of the time!
It would be difficult in the society we currently live in for EVERY single eating experience to be ‘mindful’ and ‘intuitive’. But it’s great for it to be more often than not.
A challenge for your week ahead as you read this, is to choose a meal time you would normally eat in a distracted environment and take yourself to the dinner table, or outdoor setting (or ANYWHERE), the lounge even, but limit the distractions (turn the telly off, switch off your mobile phone, put your work away).
Feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to reflect on your experience trying this out :)
It is also paramount to understand in this journey that food, no food, regardless of nutrient density or lack there of, is ever designed to make you feel guilty, fearful or stressed.
The Intuitive Dietitian xx