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)
In short, bringing mindfulness to the table help us to discern what is physical hunger and what are emotional hungers. It can help us feed ourselves better, as well open the possibilities for other ways to meet our emotional needs that are more satisfying than with food.
Mindful Eating is NOT a dieting tool to use as a way to control our bodies, it is a way to learn to live with kindness and compassion towards the one we already have.
The 20 min webinar below will give you a brief introduction to Mindful Eating. Please have a watch!
Mindful Eating has its roots in traditional Buddhist mindfulness meditation practices. This means that meditation practice IS a component in practicing Mindful Eating.
I have found that including some short meditation practices, both with my clients in our 1:1 sessions as well as encouraging them to practice by themselves really helps strengthening moment to moment awareness as well as a sense of curiosity and kindness both with our relationship with food and eating, as well as in our lives as a whole.
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. Mindful Eating as an approach offers us the opportunity to create peace and freedom around 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.