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Mindful Eating

Mindful eating means purposefully paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the experience of eating. It is about noticing and appreciating the many aspects of the food itself AND how your body responds to it. Does your mouth water when you think of a certain food? Do your tastebuds respond the same way to the tenth bite as the first? Does your stomach feel empty or full? What thoughts and emotions do you have about the food? Awareness can expand to factors beyond ourselves, perhaps to the energy required to grow, harvest, transport, and prepare the food that’s on your plate. It is amazing what we find out when we really pay attention to. You don’t have to be a meditation master to eat mindfully—although practicing on a regular basis strengthens your “mindfulness muscle.” You can start today, next time you eat, with a simple mindful moment: before you dig in, put down your fork, sit back, take a couple of deep breaths, and notice whatever’s there—thoughts, feelings, physical sensations. Notice the food in front of you and, if you want, your surroundings. A five-course meal at a fine restaurant or a granola bar in the car can be eaten mindfully. This simple practice interrupts the autopilot mode in which we so often eat. It creates some space for you to make more conscious choices about what, how, and how much you’ll eat. In that space, wonderful things can happen!

Learn more about the practice of mindful eating at The Center for Mindful Eating website.

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