Living with greater mindfulness is trendy and has an important and powerful application to how we nourish ourselves. However, the real-life trend in how most people eat these days is the antithesis of mindfulness.
Our fast-paced lives push us to mindless and distracted encounters with our food. Who can’t relate to gobbling food in their car while rushing between appointments or sending over-due emails between bites while hardly noticing even finishing lunch? Countless clients have shared with me that taking a lunch break at work feels positively indulgent. The tether that so many of us feel to our electronic devices at meal time creates a major distraction as well.
When we’re not paying full attention to what and how much we’re eating, we’re much more likely to overeat.
Here’s an excellent primer about mindful eating and its origins from healthline.com:
I invite you to remind yourself what it’s like to savor your food with all of your senses. Slow down, set a place for yourself at the table and enjoy a meal as if you were a long-anticipated, welcome guest. Set your utensils down between bites. Notice the heightened satisfaction you receive from your food as you savor it.
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach