Many times, our relationship with food can be complicated. In a world that’s so focused on speed and efficiency, we rarely focus on what we eat or how it affects us.
I believe that this can all be changed through the use of Mindful Eating. By paying attention to the food we eat, how we eat it, and how it makes us feel, we can improve our relationship with food and even lose a little weight in the process.
This is also an excellent way to reduce the likelihood of overeating. This practice, especially when paired with Ayurvedic meal preparation, which I happen to teach cooking classes for, can be made much easier!
Another critical aspect of mindful eating is actually focusing on your food. That means no television, phone, or computer while eating. We’ve all been there, trying to find the perfect thing to watch before we eat, but you can save time and eat smarter by excising this from your process entirely. Instead, focus on the food and the experience of eating it.
Mindful eating involves paying attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Before you eat, have an honest conversation with yourself and ask if you are actually hungry.
Finally, before eating, don’t forget to take a moment to express gratitude for the food and the people who prepared it. This can help us cultivate a sense of gratitude and appreciation for your meal.
Through Mindful Eating, not only can we develop a healthier relationship with food, but also improve our overall well-being.
Though it may take time to develop these necessary habits, with practice, they can become natural parts of your daily routine and you won’t even have to think about it! Try incorporating these tips into your meals and see how they can enhance your eating experience.