What’s mindful eating and why is it important?
Reflecting on what we are eating and becoming aware of our relationship with food it’s not only helpful when we’d like to shed some pounds. It is also a path for being able to naturally follow an healthy diet. Yes, naturally.
Wondering if you’re dreaming yet? You are not!
It’s a lifestyle change, to become more present, satisfied.. and crazy beautiful from the inside-out!
P: WHAT’S MINDFUL EATING AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Lucia: Eating consciously, enjoying the moment and forgetting my problems and my crazy schedule, will help me to relax during meal time. As well as let me enjoy the food more and eat less and healthier.
Our stomach takes about 20 minutes before feeling full and telling our brains it is the right time to stop eating.
If I give my stomach the time to sense its satiety I will probably eat less.
People trying to loose some weight will find this helpful for dieting.
But it would also help every one of us understand what amount of food we need to accomplish all of our daily activities without feeling weighted down.
Since our lives are so stressfull, eating consciously (and consequently less) will help us prevent a stress overload.
P: HOW CAN MINDFUL EATING HELP US EATING HEALTHIER?
Lucia: When I eat consciously I can enjoy the food so much more! I chew slower and enjoy all the smells and tastes. When I eat this way, I will easily experience the quality of my food. Is it fresh and highly nutritious? Or is it poor and full of preservatives?
If I swallow up every bite without thinking I will hardly realise what I’m eating and I’ll just take whatever I’m offered. This always happens to people eating their meals in less than 10 minutes, possibly in a canteen or at the restaurant!
Eating consciously, on the other hand, can make me enjoy the food more and it will be easier to understand if I truly liked it or not.
Next time, while shopping for groceries or choosing the right restaurant and the best dishes, I will be ready to make the perfect decision.
The natural consequence is that I will choose more nutritious food. Full of taste, nutrients and – of course – pleasure.
P: WHO NEEDS MINDFUL EATING THE MOST?
Lucia: People who has tried many diets in their life might have lost the capability to see food for what it really is: our main source of health. Eating is not a consolation or a filler for all of our negative (or missing) emotions.
A lot of people is disconnected from a genuine sense of hunger and eats just because it’s meal time. Or after a de-powering emotion. Or because they’re out with friends. Or even because someone told them to eat something at a certain hour and with a precise weight.
This is who will benefit from mindful eating the most. This approach will unveil the true taste and value of food.
It will be a releasing and precious moment, to get life back on track and consciously choose what to eat based on true hunger, personal tastes and disposition.
1- Put the fork and knife down after every bite. This way you’ll extend the time from one bite to another and you’ll be able to reach the 20 minute mark that the stomach needs to report the sense of satiety to the brain.
2- Stay one step ahead of the game! Planning meals and snacks is very useful to avoid a sad empty fridge. And also help you avoid eating something in a hurry. Without really enjoying it.
3- For once and for all: try the almond test! When you feel like very hungry, take an almond, put it in your mouth and chew it very slowly.
Chew it as long as you possibly can, enjoying its taste and texture.
Wait 10 minutes. You should be able to feel the sense of satiety, even with such a small bite.
(Don’t worry, you can have a proper snack right after!)