Mindful Eating And Your Health
We tend to rush so quickly throughout our days that we often don’t have the time to stop and eat, much less to enjoy or food. The enjoyment and thought process of eating is something that, in the midst of our on the go lives, is lost on us.
So how can we get more back in touch with what we are eating? We will talk about mindful eating later on.
Is the obesity epidemic in this country perpetuated by our feelings and thoughts on food?
Or is our complete disconnect or lack of thought on the food we are eating causing this severely unhealthy cycle?
Reconnecting with our food with mindful eating may be the first step in a new level of health in your life.
Why Mindful Eating is Important
You’ve probably heard of emotional eating. It’s a real condition that affects a lot of people.
In essence, emotional eating usually strikes when you are at your weakest point. Then you turn to food consciously or subconsciously to cope with those emotions.
Emotional eating can overcome you when you are sad, excited, angry, stressed, or nervous, and everyone handles it differently.
Mindful eating reconnects you to your food so that you aren’t just mindlessly eating when you’re emotional or bored. When you are practicing mindful eating, you may want to pay attention to how you are feeling around, during, and after the times that you are eating. Take notice to the foods that you are craving when you get emotional, down, or bored.
According to The Center For Mindful Eating (TCME),
mindful eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
TCME explains how you can change your relationship to food. That happens when you:
- use all your senses in selecting food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body,
- acknowledge your reactions to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and
- become aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.
Take note of how certain foods make you feel when you are eating them, and how they make you feel for the rest of the day, or even just the next few hours after you eat them.
When you practice mindful eating, you will start to notice more flavor in your food. You will begin to enjoy eating as an experience again, as opposed to recognizing food as a quick fix to get you through the work day.
Mindful eating is really great if you are trying to lose weight by eating healthier. You will begin to notice the nutritional value of food by how your body feels and is able to use it as fuel, after you are done eating. You will learn to eat only when you are hungry, and how to stop when you are completely satiated.
Overall, mindful eating is part of a positive lifestyle that benefits your physical, mental, and emotional health.