What is Mindful Eating and How to Understand Our Body Signals?

Mindfulness is a popular way of self-calming and changing eating behaviors, this concept has been incorporated into behavior change programs along with dietary changes and proved successful. To perform it, you will have to follow a few steps that will help you in becoming Patient, non-judging and non-striving.

  • First, allow yourself to be aware of the positive nourishment through food rather than counting calories and carbs
  • Second, listen to your hunger and fullness cues, pose during meals to assess those cues better and to assess your fullness level.
  • Third, choose foods that please your desires and cravings and nourish your body at the same time.
  • Fourth, use all your senses to explore, savor and taste the food to reach satisfaction mindfully.

These attitudes are recommended by dietitians and allow you to control your cravings well and ultimately, establish the foundation of mindful eating.
Regular practice of mindfulness allows you to develop an approach of bringing commitment intentionally, and to make it simpler, below we are breaking it down to easy methods of eating mindfully.

  • Take small bites. It’s easier to taste food completely when your mouth isn’t full.
  • Chew thoroughly.
  • Eat slowly. If you follow the advice above, you won’t bolt your food down. 
  • Bring all your senses to the meal.
  • Always ask yourself before meals, am I hungry?
  • Eat before you get too hungry, or you might make impulsive choices.
  • Serve yourself a reasonable portion instead of eating from the bag or box.

By following this method, you are appreciating food rather than starving or restraining yourself from it, and you are encouraging yourself to live fully in each moment and appreciate your body, soul, and life. It is highly likely that people who follow the mindful eating method will lose weight and keep it off by time. However, it is essential to restate your mind that the main aim of following mindful eating is not to lose weight in the first place but to promote self-acceptance and a non-judgmental self-approach.

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