3 Reasons to Try Mindful Eating

March 5, 2021

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In the fast-paced modern age, very few people have time to sit down and enjoy their food anymore. So often you see time-stretched city workers wolfing down a sandwich at their desk or eating a pastry on the walk into the office. And at the end of the day, rather than sitting down to enjoy an elaborate meal cooked with care, they’ll munch mindlessly on a quick dinner in front of the TV. 


You might be wondering where the harm is in this behaviour. But not paying enough attention to your eating habits can have numerous negative consequences for your health and wellbeing. As well as eliminating any enjoyment you might get from a delicious meal, it also encourages overeating, unhealthy diets, weight gain, and digestive problems.


The solution is to reclaim your mealtimes and see them as an event in themselves, not just as a means to ingest fuel into your body. Mindful eating is a practice that is increasing in popularity around the world and could be just the thing you need to take control of your diet. But what is mindful eating?


Mindful eating is a form of mindfulness meditation that involves paying full attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations whenever you are consuming food. Exactly how you practice mindful eating will differ depending on your particular reasons and objectives, but it usually involves eating slowly and carefully, engaging your senses, and learning to fully appreciate every mouthful. 


If you’re not convinced by the idea, here are three great reasons you should try mindful eating today.

It aids weight loss

Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows how difficult it is. For some people, no matter how much they exercise and plan their meals, they can’t seem to shift those extra pounds. One key obstacle to weight loss is a lack of control around food, and mindful eating can help you regain this control. It forces you to slow down and pay attention to each mouthful, thereby allowing your body to realize that it is full before you eat too much.

It helps digestive problems

If you eat too much too quickly, you are much more susceptible to digestive issues like indigestion, bloating, and particularly acid reflux. But what causes acid reflux? When you overeat, stomach acid can travel back up through the esophagus, causing painful heartburn symptoms that can be incredibly unpleasant. Eating mindfully will cause you to eat less and at a much slower rate. This will be much easier on your stomach and you’ll be much more comfortable after eating.

You will appreciate your food more

The rise of the digital age means most people eat their meals while staring at their phones or watching TV, but it’s impossible to fully enjoy food if you’re distracted. Mindful eating forces you to eliminate any distractions and focus only on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Every single breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack will taste much more delicious as a result, and your mind will be free to distinguish all-important flavours and textures. 


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