Paying attention to fad diets can be risky, but there’s one trend we’ve been reading up on lately: mindful eating.
Mindful eating is based on the idea that there is no right or wrong way to eat, just consciousness about what we are eating and why. It has its origins in Buddhist teachings, which aim to reconnect us with the experience of eating and enjoying our food. The goal is to base meals on physical cues such as hunger, rather than emotional ones such as boredom or comfort.
These are our favourite tips for introducing mindful eating into your life:
- Eat slower: savouring your food means you’ll be more likely to notice when you are full.
- Turn off all screens: smart phones, laptops and TVs have become commonplace during meal times, whether at home or work. Try turning all screens off for the duration of the meal and really focus on what you’re eating.
- Think about flavours and textures: Tangy, sweet, sour, salty, crunchy, creamy, mashed, the list goes on. There is an almost endless variety in every meal we eat, it would be a shame to miss it
- Know your food: planting your own herb or vegetable garden will not only give you a sense of satisfaction, you’ll really appreciate the journey the produce has been on to get to your plate.If you don’t have time or lack a green thumb, why not try buying your fruits and veggies from a farmers market for a more involved experience?
- Count your blessings: recognise how lucky you are to be presented with a delicious plate of food for every meal. Showing appreciation for what you are eating will also help to improve your relationship with food
- Recognise your reason for eating: Are you really hungry? Or just thirsty? Maybe you’re even bored or seeking comfort. Start to develop an awareness of any underlying reasons for eating beyond hunger
If you have any other tips on mindful eating, please share them on our Facebook page.
For now, we will leave you with this though…
“Your body is precious; it is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care” – Buddha