Benefits of practicing mindful eating
We have all found ourselves spacing out while watching a show or movie. Suddenly, you realize that you’ve finished most of your snacks before you even got halfway though. It’s almost as if your hand was moving on its own. This a moment of mindless eating, which can also happen when you are bored, stressed, or just doing what other people around you are doing.
In contrast, mindful eating is the exact opposite. The benefits of thinking before you eat go further than helping you eat less. You will enjoy the taste of your food more but also satisfy your hunger. When you practice mindful eating with others, your conversations and relationships will grow stronger.
You may even feel emotionally or spiritually enriched after eating meals and appreciating the work that went into preparing them. These are all things you wouldn’t experience while mindlessly eating.
Mindful eating tips
Ideally, we should be mindful in all aspects of our lives. This includes work, play, and spending time with friends and family. Here are some tips on how to practice mindful eating:
Find a special place and time
There is a time and place for everything, and that includes meal times. Before, parents would tell their kids to come to the dinner table and leave their toys when it was time to eat. Nowadays, it’s common to see members of the family eating separate meals in their bedrooms, on the couch, or at their work desks.
Just as we should avoid using our phones or read in our beds, it is best to have a designated place to eat. Eating in a specific location makes it easier to distance yourself from your prior thoughts and activities and focus on your food.