Mindfulness produces positive outcomes when it comes to eating, including reducing overeating or bingeing, reducing anxious thoughts about food and your body, improving diabetes symptoms, and more.
” Mindful eating isn’t difficult, but remembering to do it is.”
Do you struggle with remembering to be mindful and putting it into action? Not every meal can or has to be a mindful experience – eating on the job or feeding a baby certainly can make it challenging. But, what about committing to just one of the action steps below and putting it into action for one meal of the day, every day this week (or as often as you can)?
Here’s five ideas to try:
Sit at a table. Do you sit on the couch or in front of the tv? Make this simple change and save your show until after you eat.
Slow down. Practice makes progress. Give yourself at least 15-30 minutes before getting up from the table or going back for seconds. Set a timer on your phone if you need to.
Stop multi-tasking. Studies show that multi-tasking doesn’t actually make you more productive. So take a real break.
Talk about it. Involve the kids or your family members and describe your meal after you eat – how did it taste? What flavors did you notice most? Mindfulness can make for great conversation.
Try a new recipe. Are your taste buds on auto-pilot and tired of eating the same foods? By trying something new you will be more likely to tune-into your senses and observe the experience.