Mindful eating as a practice is great. Mindful eating can reduce stress by slowing down to pay attention to what you eat. Is mindful eating stressful for busy people?
If mindful eating just another goal that you are too busy to attempt it can create more stress. How you approach mindful eating makes it simple or stressful.
Why is it so difficult to slow down and pay attention to your food?
Grab and go has become the standard when you run out of time. Fast food has drive through windows for the busy person who can eat while driving to the next appointment. Schedules are hectic, so you are busy doing other things while you eat. Feeling bad about what and how you eat just creates another stress factor.
What is Mindful eating?
Mindful eating is simply paying attention to the food that you eat. Treating your meals as a specific activity that requires your full attention. Paying attention to how you feel, how food tastes and how you react to specific food choices.
What are the benefits of Mindful eating?
You slow down your eating time. That allows your brain to catch up and signal you when you are full. You give yourself a break by avoiding multitasking for a short period of time each day.
- You learn to eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full
- You learn to appreciate the taste of food, which leads to thoughtful choices about what you eat.
- You pay attention to how you feel based on the types of food you just ate.
Consider taking just one small step towards mindful eating. Pick a meal or time that you can commit to paying attention to your food. Be consistent even if you only choose one meal a week. This will lead to success instead of stress.
- Eat only when you are actually hungry
- Listen to your body and stop eating when you feel full
- Give eating your full attention: Avoid eating in front of the TV
Mindful eating can help you make better choices for healthy options. Pick one aspect of mindful eating to focus on at a time. Be consistent so that you develop the habit of food awareness. Keep it simple. Enjoy what you eat.
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