“Mindfulness” is the new buzzword which involves being aware of the present moment without judgement.  This can be applied to many areas of life including eating.  Mindful eating involves paying attention to  your actual eating experience without judgement.  It helps you become aware of the real reasons behind your hunger, whether it is due to scheduling, tradition, emotions, etc.  

It is not a diet, but rather a mindset.  Using natural instincts and listening to your body’s internal hunger signals are key components.  There are no lists of foods to eat or avoid.  No correct quantities.  No pressure.  No judgement.  Only making food choices for yourself according to your body’s signals.  

There are several benefits to eating mindfully.  It can be very helpful with those who feel like food controls their life such as those with disordered eating patterns.  It can reduce overeating and binge eating.   Mindful eating can help with weight loss.  When you eat slower and more mindfully, you are more likely to fully masticate your food and allow for better absorption of nutrients.  You might even find that foods tastes better!  

Mindful eating can be super hard in the beginning as it takes time and dedication to master it.   In part 2, let’s talk about a few tips to help you build a successful mindful eating practice.  

Dr. Mathews