Meditative Mindful Eating

 

What the Heck Is Mindful Eating and Why Should I Bother?

  • What am I eating?
  • When am I eating?
  • Where am I eating?
  • Why am I eating?

Mindful eating is a meditative approach bringing to the forefront of your thoughts involving what, when and why to eating. The roots of meditative mindful eating date back to Buddhist teachings.

The act of being aware of what you are eating, when you are eating and why you are eating. Our focus shifts to being more in tune with ourselves, our surroundings and food choices. Mindful eating starts with prayer or gratitude for the meal and considers the food’s textures, smells and tastes. As a Buddhist is encouraged to expand consciousness by thinking about one’s breathing, one should also be thinking about eating. The end goal is becoming aware of what we eat and drink so we choose the right food and do not over-consume. It’s deep eating!

Seriously, when we do not think about food and the effects it will have on us and not answer the what, when, why to eating then we will consume anything, and tend to eat more. Research shows that eating quickly effects our waistline because the chemicals that inform our brain that we are full actually do take time to reach our neurotransmitters so slowing down while eating is imperative to prevent over-consumption.

Mindful eaters are interested in understanding the origins of one’s food. How was it grown, with or without pesticides, humanely or injected with toxins. Mindful eating wakes us up to slow down during eating, and question why we are craving certain foods and what factors and emotions are involved with overstuffing.

Eating should be enjoyable in which our food choices offer medicinal benefits and not an adversarial experience.

9 Simple Steps to Mindful Eating:

  1. Unplug electronics and just focus on your food when you are eating.
  2. Take a moment in silence before eating: prayer, meditate or just be still.
  3. Try this  Mindful Eating once or twice weekly.
  4. Chew your food Slowly.
  5. Monitor how you are feeling.
  6. If you are home, light a candle to create a peaceful environment.
  7. During the course of the meal, ask yourself if you are full or still hungry.
  8. Breathe: Take a few deep breaths before eating.
  9. Be Present during the meal and when finished, you should feel more at ease and awareness heightened.

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