Mindfulness is something you can practice anytime or anywhere. But we always recommend starting to practice mindfulness around food. We do this because for many people, eating is an enjoyable part of their day and we want you to associate mindfulness with fun! Besides that, there are a few others benefits, too…
Mindful eating helps you enjoy your food more. If you’ve ever eaten in front of the TV and couldn’t remember what your snack tasted like, you were being a distracted eater. Most of the time, distracted eating means you didn’t enjoy your food or worse, you’re left still feeling hungry.
With mindful eating, you spend time focusing on the aroma, texture, and taste of your food. By the time you’re done, you feel like you’ve savored every morsel.
Besides enjoying your food, mindfulness also helps you eat less. When you plan to have a leisurely meal, you take your time and chew your food thoughtfully. You pause between bites and gauge whether you’re still hungry or not. With mindfulness, you’re eating less but you’re enjoying your food more.
Another benefit is that you can appreciate company. That company may be a friend, family members, or simply yourself.
With mindful eating, you’re not focused on your next portion. You’re taking time to savor both your food and the conversation. That makes mealtimes something precious that you look forward to each day.
Of course, eating mindfully doesn’t mean you’ll be 100% perfect. There will be days (a lot of them!) when you slip up and realize you’ve eaten while you were distracted. Don’t beat yourself up for these moments. Simply commit to trying again and go easy on yourself. You’re learning new habits and that’s something to smile about!
Love and Abundance,
Tiffany and Jill