Mindful Eating: Slow Down and Enjoy Your Meals

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 6th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Mindful eating can help you lose weight, reduce your stress, and enjoy your food more. Here's how to do it.

Eating Mindfully


Life today is so fast-paced and stressful that many people don't even notice what they're eating. Meals are rushed and eaten on the go. This can lead to stress, weight gain and health problems such as heartburn. But there's a better way: mindful eating.
Mindfulness simply means being present in the moment and focusing on whatever it is you are doing now - the opposite of multitasking. Mindful eating refers to keeping your focus on your food as you eat slowly and savor every bite. This is a form of meditation which takes practice but can be done.

How to Eat Mindfully


To eat mindfully, simply sit down to eat and keep your focus on the food. Eliminate distractions such as cell phones and television. Eat slowly, focus on the smell and taste of food and the sensation of swallowing your food.
An easy way to practice mindful eating is to do the chocolate meditation. Use a small piece of chocolate such as a Hershey's kiss or a square of chocolate. Or use a raisin instead of chocolate.
Take a few deep breaths and then take a tiny bite. Notice how the chocolate smells, how it tastes and how it feels as it melts in your mouth. Then, swallow and notice the sensation of the piece of chocolate going down your throat. Now take another tiny bite and repeat.
Here's another version of the chocolate meditation:

The Benefits of Mindful Eating


Mindful eating has several benefits. People who eat mindfully have less heartburn and other digestive problems. Eating slowly can help your digestion and allow your body to get the most benefit out of your food.
Mindful eating can also help you lose weight. Many people who are overweight simply eat too fast and too much. They may not even notice what or how much they are eating. But people who eat mindfully eat slower and pay more attention to their food. They usually wind up eating less than people who don't eat mindfully.
Eating mindfully can also help you enjoy your food more. You will notice what you are eating and savor the taste and smell - especially the chocolate.

Attribution


The cover image was taken from Morguefile. com. The raisin picture was taken by Cary Bass and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons on March 6, 2006. The second dinner table photo was released into the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.
This article used some information from About.com stress management
Here's an article I wrote about meditation
Here's an article I wrote about mindfulness

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Meditate, Meditation, Meditation Practices, Meditation Techniques, Mindful, Mindful Eating, Mindful Living, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Meditation

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author avatar vpaulose
6th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you dear for this healthy post.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, vpaulose. I hope people will try it. It is so beneficial in so many ways.

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author avatar Jane M M
7th Aug 2013 (#)

A very helpful post, ill definitely keep this in mind.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jane. It's helpful in so many ways.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Aug 2013 (#)

love this Connie...thank you for a great post...

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author avatar jenny1015
7th Aug 2013 (#)

I agree with you! people who doesn't give enough attention on the food they eat tend to not feel they are full even if they have already consumed a plateful of pasta or rice. When eating, there should be nothing else on our minds but complete focus on the food.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Another good, informative article. Thanks

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Very good advice and eye catching article, thanks Connie...:0)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina, Jenny, Phyl and Delicia. I hope this helps people. It's a good thing for all of us to do.

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th May 2014 (#)

This is the best way of eating healthily.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
19th May 2014 (#)

Thank you, Ptrikha. Agreed.

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