Did you know that being distracted while eating, is otherwise known as “Mindless Eating?”
Mindless Eating has been linked to overeating, stress and increased anxiety. To figure out if you have been eating mindlessly, think back to your last meal. Can you remember what you ate? The textures, the smell, and the taste? If you are struggling to remember the specifics of your last meal, it’s possible, you like so many others can identify with mindless eating. With our busy schedules, we often eat in between meetings, diaper changes, on the way to work or in front of the television. Mindful Eating helps people check in with their direct experience when eating. Mindful eating changes the experience of a meal. By pausing and taking time to consciously enjoy your meal, becoming curious the mind is able to find focus on each bite. Mindful eating cultivates becoming grounded in the present moment.
As a practice, mindful eating can bring us awareness of our own actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations, and insight into the roots of health and contentment.
Principles of Mindfulness:
Mindful Eating is:
Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
This information was adapted from The Center for Mindful Eating website. Find out more at thecenterformindfuleating.org.
Dr. Renee Simons, Psy.D
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