Mindful Eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food. (Source)
The 20 min webinar below will give you a brief introduction to Mindful Eating. Please have a watch :)
Mindful Eating has its roots from traditional Buddhist mindfulness meditation practices. It means that meditation practice IS a component in practicing Mindful Eating, and I have found that including some short meditation practices, both with my clients in our 1:1 sessions as well as encouraging sotheme practice by themselves really helps strengthening moment to moment awareness as well as a sens of curiosity and kindness both with our relationship with food and eating as well as in our lives over all.
The definition of Mindfulness is "Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally".
We can bring this same attention to our eating experience, with the intention of cultivating a relationship with food, eating and our bodies that is kind, healing and nourishing. This approach offers us an opportunity to create peace and freedom when it comes to the food choices we make and the intentions we bring to the table.
Instead of feeling "crazy around food", Mindful Eating offers us an opportunity for connection, trust and compassion.
I am a big proponent of this approach as I have experienced the power of it for myself as well as for my clients.
If you want to experience a "Taste of Mindful Eating", then sign up for
my guided eating meditation below