Picture this, you’re eating lunch, answering emails, and checking your social media feed. Then, you look down and there’s no food. You know you just ate it, and you vaguely remember, but not exactly. Maybe you were eating a bag of chips while watching a movie, only to discover the bag is empty while reaching for your next bite. If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from learning to eat mindfully. Care to know if you’re already eating mindfully? Take the quiz.
Mindfulness and Eating: An Ideal Match
Mindfulness, a Buddhist concept, is beneficial when applied to all things. It’s a practice that takes. You guessed it—practice! It may not always feel natural to begin practicing mindfulness, but it eventually sinks in as a habit. Having a sense of mindfulness can root you in the present moment, free you of distraction, and help ensure that your deepest intentions are in alignment with your actions.
What Mindful Eating Can Do for You
Practicing eating mindfully can improve your life drastically. You may find that food tastes richer, that you’re savoring bites more, and that you have less of an inclination to over-eat. Sometimes food takes time in the process of digestion to make us feel full. Taking the initiative to be mindful while eating may reduce the chances of this disconnect.
Mindfulness is quickly becoming a conventional treatment to retrain eating habits in those who struggle with food-related disorders or trouble. Considering that many eating disorders are linked to emotional and mental struggle, eating mindfully may be able to help alleviate some tension that offsets symptoms.
One way to achieve mindful eating is by incorporating breathing techniques into your meals. Specific breathing techniques can help reduce inflammation and prevent bloating while eating.
A Note from GR8NESS
If you or anyone you know struggles with their relationship with food, never hesitate to talk to a nutritionist or mental healthcare professional. Food is meant to nourish the body, and our relationship with it can affect this.