Author: Sarah Berglind
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A guest lecturer recently presented the Art of Mindful Eating to our internship class. Mindful Eating is a hot topic in Dietetics and an up and coming intervention for weight management. Mindfulness is the awareness of what is present right in front of you. Take a minute and observe what is happening at this exact moment: how are you feeling emotionally, what is physically happening around you, and what are you thinking about right now. This mindfulness is an acceptance of what is and promotes balance, choice, and wisdom.
With these tips in mind, I am confident that we will all be able to successfully take the leap!
Now, lets talk about eating. It is a physical necessity to eat throughout the day and it is usually defined by putting food or nutrients into the body for digestion and absorption. If we blend together mindfulness and eating to make “mindful eating” the definition is to be aware (physically, emotionally, and mentally) of what food and nutrients are going into your body. In today’s fast paced society, it is hard to take a moment and think about what you are eating, so after reading this post I hope to motivate you to take the time to become aware of all that food has to offer.
Let’s do a quick meditation activity that you can do right where you are at this moment. Take a minute and grab a grape, raisin, cheerio, or a bit of a food that is easily accessible and put it in front of you. We are going to practice mindful eating habits right now with this small piece of food.
Congratulations, you have successfully done the mindful eating meditation exercise! The exercise should have taught you that food is more than something we eat to fill the hunger feeling. Each food item has a different texture, taste, smells, and nourishment associated with it. Mindful eating can help with portion control, choosing healthier food options, and enjoying your meal more.
So, the next time you sit down to have a meal, follow these tips for mindful eating:
After reading this blog, I hope I have encouraged some of you to give mindful eating a try! You will see that if you take the time to think about the food you are eating, you may find yourself enjoying meal times more, eating healthier, and controlling portion sizes. With the winter and holiday season coming up, now is the perfect time to practice mindful eating techniques, so you can be prepared to fully enjoy all the delicious home cooked meals and keep off the holiday weight!