Mindfulness is consciously paying attention, being fully aware of what is happening both inside and outside you. Being fully aware of what is going on inside your body and outside in your environment. It is no doubt a practice which is tested since centuries. It encourages you to slowdown and enjoys the ride and it can be applied to everything from your yoga practice to daily commute. It is essential to extend this practice to meal times. According to the author of mindful living “our senses are constantly bombarded with food cues, massages and appetite-stimulating foods that condition us to over eat “
Mindful eating is about being conscious of why you are eating. We are well aware that our mood affects our eating habits as our emotions like anxiety influence it. It is not easy to change your eating habits, so gradually try to change the lane. Mindful eating means that you are fully aware of, – why you eat, when you eat, what you eat, how you eat and how much you eat. To understand the why, what, when and how you eat, you have to be highly aware. Here are some ideas that I want to share with you.
Why you eat – Always ask yourself, why you’re eating, do you really hungry or your anxiety is causing you to reach for the food. Eat, when you’re really hungry.
When you eat – Be mindful of the time of the day. Please schedule your work including eating. Missing your breakfast make you more vulnerable to over eating later.
What you eat – Must give attention that what is right for you, while eating. Always remember that you want to eat healthy for yourself and for your family. Fresh fruits, vegetables and salads must be included in the food.
How you eat-Take small bites, chew well, eat slowly and put your utensils down between bites. Stop multitasking while you eat, – no reading and texting, e-mailing or watching television and instead engage all of your senses on the food.
How much you eat – According to Ayurveda, full your stomach 3 / 4 of food and leave 1 / 4 for the air, Traditional Chinese medicine says to follow the 80% rule: make a choice to put away your plate when you are 80% full.
Mindful eating is the same as meditation that improves both physical and mental (emotional) health and allows us to gain a greater sense of balance in life. In this way, by engaging in mindful eating, you can keep yourself healthy and happy with a great control of your weight.