Mindful Eating: 5 Easy & Practical Ways to Eat More Mindfully
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Food. No matter where we are in the world, it's usually the center of everything we do. Is it someone's birthday? Let’s go out for dinner! Is it someone's graduation? Serve the crowd some food as a part of the celebration. And don't even get me started on the holiday season!
Obviously, food is very important as we, human beings, literally need it to survive, but it’s also important to be mindful when consuming food. With that in mind, on this post, I will share with you 5 easy ways to practice mindful eating:
Mindfulness & Food
Taking the time and efforts to learning to eat mindfully will do wonders for your wellness and your soul. As the old saying goes, "you are what you eat". Your eating habits can literally make or break your health and overall wellness.
To do so, I 100% recommend eating a plant-based (vegan) diet. If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind eating a plant-based diet in this Educating Earthlings post & while you’re at it, do check out more insights on the effects a plant-based diet has on your spiritual wellness.
That said, it's not just your diet that plays a crucial role in your wellbeing it's also *how* you eat your food. Eating mindfully can aid in digestion, your food choices, portion control, and helps you to truly enjoy the food that you eat.
How to Eat Mindfully: 5 Practical Ways
1. Slow down
Become more aware of the pace of how you eat your food. It’s best to slow down in order to help your body to properly digest the food. Savor every moment and flavor. Think about the texture and how each taste ‘forms’ in your mouth. You will learn to appreciate food more and this may even encourage you to experience new foods!
2. Sit at a real table
When you sit down at a table when you enjoy your meal, it becomes easier for you to slow down and focus on what you eat. Make a point to eat at your dining table every chance you get. Converse with friends and/or your family when you dine and talk about the food as part of your discussions!
3. Disconnect from all screens
For some, this step is probably the easiest step but to others, it may be the hardest. Today, many of us are constantly connected to our phones or gadget that we can’t even stop this habit while we’re eating. Be mindful and turn off all screens when you eat and focus on your food instead!
4. Connect your mind to your taste buds
Connecting your mind with your tastebuds will enable you to appreciate food than ever before. Treat this time as a mini meditation session and be fully in the present moment while you’re enjoying your food. Notice all the emotions and senses that comes alive when you eat as well as how you feel after you eat!
5. Cook whenever you can
If you’ re a food lover, chances are, you enjoy making your own food – but how much time have you set aside to do so?
If you’re serious about becoming a more mindful eater, set aside more time to experiment with flavors and spices to discover new ways to prepare your food! Play around with as many colors, taste, and textures as you can (especially GREENS!) whenever you can as this will also cultivate a greater sense of appreciation for the food you consume.
PS: You can also find tons of easy to make plant-based recipes on my blog.
It's okay to be overwhelmed...
Realistically, practicing ALL of the above at the same time is very hard, especially with our busy schedules. So, I would suggest starting by taking up one of the mentioned ways and gradually as you go along. With time, you will see your appreciation for food and your overall wellness will increase!
Ready to start a plant-based diet today? Don’t miss out on my Vegan Starter Guide: The Plant-Based Difference!
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