I get it, our modern lives are insanely busy. It can be so hard to find the time to be in the moment, especially when it comes to eating. If you’re hungry and don’t have a lot of time, it’s easy to just wolf down your food and go about your day.
But, maintaining your health starts in the kitchen. Not only with the type of foods you eat, but how you eat.
As a health and nutrition consultant, mindful eating is one of the most useful tools in my kit. If you have never tried it before, here are my tips to start:
How To Eat Mindfully
1. Stop Multitasking
While it might seem productive to catch up on your favorite show or skim through notifications while eating, it distracts from the experience of the meal.
When you divert your attention, you’re less likely to recognize signals of fullness, which can lead to overeating.
Instead, be present during your meals. Create a dedicated environment for eating without distractions. Put away your phone, switch off the TV, and give yourself the chance to connect with your food.
2. Make food you enjoy
Healthy nutrition doesn’t mean your meals should be bland. Plus, it’s hard to be mindful if you hate what you’re eating.
In reality, nutritious meals can be delicious, aromatic, and exciting. Explore new recipes, use fresh herbs and spices, and experiment with flavors.
When you genuinely enjoy what’s on your plate, you’re not just nourishing your body but also delighting your senses, making it easier to be mindful of every bite.
3. Eat slowly
The act of eating is not just about filling up; it’s an experience that should engage all your senses.
By taking the time to chew your food properly, you aid digestion and allow your body to absorb nutrients better.
Moreover, when you savor each bite, you recognize the flavors, textures, and aromas, turning each meal into a mindful celebration of food.