Mindfulness – focusing the attention on the present moment – is all the rage nowadays. It can be applied as much to eating and drinking as to anything else.
What MINDFUL EATING involves
- Eating slowly, without distraction.
- Paying close attention to the sensory qualities of your food: colour, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and texture. This makes eating a much more satisfying experience.
- Learning to distinguish between genuine hunger and ‘conditioned’ triggers for eating (e.g. “It’s 1pm so I must be hungry”).
- Stopping eating when you are full.
- Learning to deal with anxiety and guilt about food.
- Being aware of the effects different foods have on your feelings and well-being.