What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the ability of being fully aware of the present, while not becoming overwhelmed by your surroundings. When practicing being mindful, you can will become more conscious of your thoughts, emotions, and overall state of mind. There are numerous ways to practice mindfulness, some of most common can simply become a mindfulness therapy session, like meditating, walking, and even eating.

Mindful eating is a technique used to help gain control over certain issues with food like eating disorders, weight gain, depression, and other various food-related behaviors. The main purpose of mindful eating to permanently change your relationship with food and mastering the control of your mind. When you become present in the moment of mindfulness, your brain becomes trained to be more aware of your appetite changes. Long term portion control provides effective results when it come to weight management and an overall healthier lifestyle.

 

What are the benefits of mindful eating?

Weight Management

Mindful eating is not always about weight loss, it about gaining control over your long term eating habits, like stress eating and overeating. When engaging in mindless eating, you are not focused on what your body needs but more on unhealthy cravings. During mindless eating, which often involves distracting devices like televisions and phones, you become unaware of portion sizes, health benefits, and overeating. Also, eating unhealthy foods that are processed can lead to complications with diseases, obesity, and more.

Enhances Senses

Living mindfully involves paying close attention using all of your senses. Before you start eating take the time to observe what your food looks like, notice the different colors, and touch the food to feel different textures. Finally, taste the food and experience all of the sensations you imagined. Mindful eating allows you to take the time and become aware of what you are actually doing. Once you have mastered mindful eating you will quickly begin to notice a positive shift in you life.

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mindful-eating-guide#section2

 

https://www.mindful.org/6-ways-practice-mindful-eating/

 

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/mindful-eating-101

 

https://draxe.com/mindful-eating/