Provided by CSU’s Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center
Mindful eating is the practice of being conscious and fully present when eating. It means you remove all distractions and judgments, and focus your attention on your meal, eating with the intention of nourishing your body. When you eat mindfully, you become attuned to the tastes, textures, smells and colors of food, making mealtime more enjoyable.
Mindful eating is a very useful practice for weight management, as well as correcting overeating and disordered eating patterns. It has been shown to be a valuable tool for the management of type 2 diabetes as well as an effective way to lower stress levels.
Setting the stage
Want to start eating mindfully? Create the right environment by following the tips below.
– Eat sitting at a table, with a place setting and a little ambiance.
– Remove any distractions, such as a TV, computer or phone.
– Avoid multitasking. Set aside time to eat, trying not to eat at your desk or in the car.
– Eat with utensils, setting them down between bites as a reminder to eat slowly and deliberately.
– Place foods in a bowl or on a plate to make them visible, rather than eating from a bag or a box.
– Make mealtimes social for a more enjoyable experience.