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mindful eating

Mindful Eating

By Elaine Guinan on June 22, 2017

We love food at Cook For Your LIFE, and we believe taking time to savor food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The art of really engaging with meals has been lost by many over the years, with many of us now eating mindlessly throughout the day. How many times have you sat down at the cinema with a tub of popcorn, and been so engrossed in the movie that you were shocked to find the whole tub empty when the credits rolled? Similarly, the hectic nature of life these days means people are hitting up drive-thru’s to grab quick snacks to eat on the move, thereby missing the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the food. Habitual eating also falls into this area.

Mindful eating has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, along with the trend towards meditation. Mindfulness is simply the awareness of the present moment. It’s living in the here and now.

According to the Center For Mindful Eating, Mindful Eating is “allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom”.

For many people, it is about bringing eating habits back to how they were as children. Kids are naturally tuned into their body’s feelings of hunger and fullness, and will eat to satisfy this. There is no judgment about whether the food is good or bad for them. As we get older and busier, it can be easier to lose that connection.

Research has shown mindful eating techniques to be useful in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder and in helping participants improve their eating behaviors.

How Do I Eat Mindfully?

 

Try adopting some of these tips and let us know how you find it!

 

 

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