Have you ever eaten a plate of food and not tasted a bite? Or forgot you ate because your mind was somewhere else? How often do you find yourself in autopilot mode?
Mindfulness is all about living in the moment, noticing, paying attention intentionally. Being consciously aware of thoughts and emotions.
Mindfulness can help with focus, to better manage or cope with the stressors of life, to improve your wellbeing. It can help create space so that you can identify where you might need to make changes.
Mindful eating is all about listening to your internal body cues to direct eating behaviours. Your brain and body have intrinsic systems that let you know when and what to eat – but because we become so busy we often ignore these, we eat for the scales, we eat to get through work…
Mindful eating is paying attention intentionally to what, when and where we are eating. It’s tuning in to sensations of taste, texture, temperature, sounds as we eat. It’s about tuning in to fullness and stopping, instead of the ‘finish the plate’ mentality. It’s also acknowledging your response to food but without judgement – no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ food talk.
Mindful eating can help you choose food that is both pleasing (e.g. chocolate sundae) and nourishing (e.g. cheese salad sandwich) and listening to your body when you need more or when you have had enough. It can give you a sense of empowerment with regard to eating, help with long term weight maintenance, reduce unconscious/emotional/boredom eating, focuses on wellness, and can be done anywhere, anytime, NO LYCRA or SPANDEX REQUIRED! Yippee!
– Pick one meal or snack to focus on at a time to start with e.g. morning coffee or snack
– SLOW DOWN the pace of eating, allow time to tune in
– Use all your senses while eating
– Some days will be easier than others to be mindful so take it easy on yourself
– Give yourself time to do this
– Turn the TV off and eat away from technology, soft music is ok
– Notice! Am I rushing this meal? Am I stressed?
– Ask! What can I hear as I chew, crunch or slurp? What’s the temperature? Is it salty, sweet, plain or spicy? etc…
Get stuck in
We recommend starting with a sultana or chocolate freckle to do this exercise as they have great texture!