Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

Hey guys! This blog post will be talking about ”mindful eating 101”.

Nowadays, eating has become something we do quickly and without being fully attentive.

We live on automatic pilot, in our fast-paced world.

If I asked you what you had for dinner two days ago, the vast majority of you would be unable to recall.

We are not attentive to what we are eating and consuming.

I was introduced to mindful eating during my 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. Our week 5 mindfulness meditation exercise was to eat mindfully. At first, it was very very hard because I constantly looked at my phone or spent hours on Instagram while eating.

But I had to put my phone aside and eat without it. I got used to it on day 3 and it felt very liberating!

So, what is mindful eating and why it is important? How to practice mindful eating? Here are the basics!

Mindful eating has many benefits. Firstly, it can help you digest food much easier. When you focus on the sensations and bring your attention to the present moment while you are eating your food, you will feel more in tune with the food you are eating! Mindful eating is provided to be beneficial for people who suffer from digestion problems, too! ( aka me)

So, how can we practice eating mindfully and make it a habit? Here’s a mindful eating exercise and some mindful eating tips:

It’s actually very simple! You just have to try to focus on your food while you are eating it. You focus on the color, quality and quantity of it before taking your first bite or sipping your tea or coffee. In summary, mindful eating only involves your focus during the activity.

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Before eating your meal, look at it’s colour. Look at the richness on your plate. What kinds of foods are on your plate? Vegetables? Meat? Rice? Fruits and nuts?

Then slowly start eating. When you take the first bite, notice how your mouth feels. How does your jaw feel? Is it tightened? What about your teeth?

Gently, repeat this process throughout your meals. Just try to notice the taste and colour of the foods! The aim is to eat mindfully with your 5 senses!

When you finish eating, you will feel immense gratitude towards the people who took part in the preparation and harvesting period & it will make you feel like you are a part of a huge team. Your gastrointestinal health and mental health will also benefit from this process, trust me.

I think, we forget this every now and then. We are all connected. All whole beings on this planet are connected.

Your food wouldn’t be on your plate if the restaurant’s chef wasn’t working.

Your vegetables wouldn’t be at the market if farmers hadn’t put a lot of effort into them.

If you hadn’t taken the time to prepare this meal, it wouldn’t be on your plate either.

Be thankful for yourself, too. ❀

Did you know about mindful eating? Have you found this post useful? Will you use this mindful eating guide in the future?

By the way, I’m sharing more mindfulness exercises and quotes on my IG: instagram.com/themindfulnesshouse

Hope to see you there!

Until the next post,

Pen x

59 responses to “Mindful Eating”

  1. Thanks for the insightful post! I never use all of my senses when I’m eating; I think I’m always trying to be efficient and finish quickly (except when the food is spicy–then I slow down). I will definitely try the techniques you suggested.

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    • Yes, we tend to finish our meals quickly, that’s something we all do, but I guess we can learn how to change that! πŸ™‚ Glad that you have found this little post helpful and insightful& hopefully you can try these techniques. Thank you for your lovely comment. xx Penny

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  2. Oh I love this! I hadn’t heard of mindful eating before but I’ll have to give it a go, I think using all five senses when you eat and focusing more, I think that would really help. Your point about everyone being connected is really interesting too! Thanks for sharing x

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  3. I love the idea of this! I’ve never heard of mindful eating before but I think I will try over the weekend (while my husband is with the baby so I can really commit to it). This sounds so pleasant and peaceful. Thank you for sharing xx

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  4. I’ve been attempting mindful eating on-and-off for about a year now! I rarely manage to stick to it though, as I usually take food times at work to catch up with notifications on my phone, or to watch tv on my days off. I’m on holiday next week though so I will definitely make a conscious effort to eat mindfully then! Thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚
    Saph x

    http://www.simplysaph.co.uk

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  5. Interesting concept. Yes, the old-fashioned eating meals at dinner tables are gone. The focus while eating remain on gadgets or telly. Sometimes, I try to eat to sense the spices and taste the flavours. Sadly, the appreciation for the food cultivators and chefs are limited to the money paid.

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  6. What a lovely post! Mindful eating is a great habit to practice and I’m so thankful for this reminder. We often rush through things, especially because we live in a busy world and this is perfect for slowing down and appreciating what’s in front of you. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I love how you talk about how mindful eating is an overall approach to eating that helps change our awareness and experience of food without the pressure of implementing diets and strict meal plans! Slowing down to enjoy one of the most important moments of each day is indeed a wonderful way to begin to awaken to living. ❀

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  8. loved this post! i’ve been wanting to be more mindful when I eat. I sometimes will still work & eat at the same time which is quite distracting. i’m trying to get in the habit of actually taking an eating break from work & just simply eat my meal without multitasking.

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  9. I have recently started trying to implement this with my dinners in particular. I am guilty of almost always eating while I work and I realized that I need to take that step back and be more present in the moment. It’s amazing how much of a difference it can make in terms of your mental health over time, from my experience.

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  10. Such an interesting post, I really needed this. I have bad eating habits. I eat fast, I also eat watching Netflix without paying much attention to the food itself. This is so helpful. I would start paying attention to my meal and eat slowly. Thanks for sharing your tips

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  11. I love the idea of mindful eating. Usually people pferer eating while talking to someone else or to their phone, or watching tv. Being present and appreciating the food you are eating while doing so is a total different perspective. Thank you πŸ’•

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  12. This is a very inspiring yet thought-provoking post. We all eat with our senses. Mindful eating also involves our senses. Will definitely be eliminating screen time from my dining experiences going forward. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Thank you so much for the reminder! I was speaking with my partner about this the other day because he was eating his food really fast. I said you must “eat mindfully” and enjoy your food. I like how you really explained the entire process. I will share this.

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  14. Wow! This is never really something I’ve thought about when sitting down to eat, but I’m going to remind myself to do this during my next meal. I feel so inspired right now to work towards mindful eating.

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  15. Mindful eating can be a huge game-changer. I love this practice and it helps me a lot with overcoming emotional eating. There are so many aspects we can attend to and engage with when we have a meal. From texture to sound, it can be a whole new experience if we just remain in the moment and pay focused attention. Excellent take on this topic, thank you for sharing ❀️

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  16. Because I have many problems with eating, from food being bland to my yo-yoing between eating disorders, I’ve come across the concept of mindfulness eating a lot of times, but had never really looked into it. Your post has finally allowed me to add context to the concept, so thank you for that

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  17. As you indicated, there are several advantages to mindful eating. To begin with, it can make food digestion considerably simpler. You will feel more in tune with the food you are eating if you focus on the sensations and bring your attention to the present moment while eating! Mindful eating has been shown to be good for persons with digestive issues as well!

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing such a interesting and insightful post! Mindfulness eating is something I haven’t heard of before but it’s something I’ll defiantly take into consideration of doing. Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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  19. That’s such an interesting experience! I’ve never tried mindful eating but it sounds like a good way of repairing my (very broken) relationship with food. Thanks for sharing x
    earthlyem.co.uk

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  20. A very informative post, Penny! I have been doing this for years. I first heard about mindful/intuitive back in university when I was minoring in nutrition and nutraceutical sciences. One of the profs told us about it and it really resonated with me. That year, I was able to lose 35lbs from implementing this practice. I have lost my way since, but I hope to get back into it. Thanks for the reminder! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• http://www.sereneluna.net

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  21. I really liked this post, thanks for sharing. It’s true – I think we are all guilty of rushing our food and we would all benefit from eating more mindfully.

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