Mindful eating: an easy way to improve your nutritional habits

Mindful eating means to eat consciously. So now that you know it, there´s no excuse to find your way to those fast food restaurants you always go to. Just think of how beneficial this could be for your body

Eating conscientiously can lower your stress levels. That´s a fact. This Buddhist-originated practice helps you take care of yourself without having to restrict food, learning to listen to your body, mind, and emotions, and learning to attend to the needs of both physical and emotional.

Mindful eating means to be fully aware of what we are eating, how, how much, why, and for what purpose, regardless of whether we like it more or less. It makes you focus on the present and on yourself.

Mindful eating helps you take care of yourself without having to restrict food, learning to listen to your body, mind, and emotions.

How to do it

  1. Be quiet and calm. When we eat in a place full of people and noise, we tend to swallow, without being conscious, more compulsively. Eating meals in a quiet and relaxed space will make you feel calmer and really focus on what your body needs.
  2. Do not eat out of inertia. It doesn´t matter what time is it, whether you are all at the table or have the food already prepared, nobody said that it is mandatory to eat at that time. Maybe your body doesn’t need to eat at that specific moment.
  3. Drink a glass of water before eating. It is proven that water is satiating and just with glass you will face food with less anxiety.
  4. Have a balanced and complete diet. The more varied you eat, the better you will realize what your body needs, accepts, or feels.
  5. Chew slowly and regardless of the pace of others. It does not matter if you are the last to finish because, this way, you will be more aware of when you are satiated or not.
Have a balanced and complete diet. The more varied you eat, the better you will realize what your body needs, accepts, or feels.

Benefits

  1. Reduce stress. When you are fully aware of any of your actions (here eating), tranquility is the most immediate consequence.
  2. Increase well-being. Once you realize what you eat, set the hours that suit you, and relax in that beautiful and fundamental moment of eating, you will realize that your general well-being will increase. We are not what we eat, rather than how we eat it.
  3. More ability to concentrate. It will help your concentration since it is ideal training for the mind. Which, consequently, will in turn give you more energy in this regard.

It will also allow you to lead a long-term healthy lifestyle which will allow you to:

Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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