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The Power of Mindful Eating

Across cultures worldwide, meal times are cherished as opportunities to socialize with friends and family, where gatherings may extend for hours, people are fully present, and the food is fresh and delicious. This exemplifies mindful eating, an eating technique encompassed by slowing down, making conscious choices, and being attentive to the food we eat, how it makes us feel, and the environment around us. However, with the increasing domination of technology, social media, and busy work schedules, we often find ourselves practicing mindless eating—consuming food without fully savoring or appreciating it.

Embracing mindful eating can be a transformative journey by staying in touch with hunger and fullness cues, flavor preferences, and how food affects us. The benefits of mindful eating are plentiful. By taking the time to appreciate meals and slow down, we can prevent feelings of extreme fullness, bloating, and even sickness from overeating or eating too quickly. Mindful eating empowers us to appreciate our food as nourishment and develop a more harmonious relationship with food.

Now that you know what mindful eating is, we will explore how to incorporate this practice into your daily life and discover the joy of savoring every moment of our meals while nourishing our bodies. Here are a few ways you can practice mindful eating:

Slow down: Refrain from rushing through meals and give your body the time it requires to digest. Pay attention to your fullness cues and take time to relish each meal experience.

Make conscious choices: Opt for foods that energize and uplift. Strive to integrate nutritious choices into your diet to enhance overall well-being.

Minimize distractions: Unplug and create a distraction-free mealtime to fully engage and delight in the flavors of your food.

Enjoy what you eat: The objective of mindful eating is for you to wholeheartedly enjoy the food you eat and savor each bite.

Share meals with others: When you share meals with others, you may feel encouraged to eat at a leisurely pace, relax, and appreciate your dining experience.

Chew your food: Mindful chewing promotes a slower, more gratifying eating experience.

Sit down at the table: Trade eating on-the-go for a serene and intentional dining space where you can sit down and be attentive during your meal.

Listen to your hunger and fullness cues: By slowing down the eating process, you become attuned to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. This awareness allows you to better manage portion sizes and discern how much food your body needs.

The Writer Avery Otsuji is a Nutritionist with Inspire Medical Group, a partner of Premiere Weight Loss + Wellness. She has a passion for helping individuals reach their health goals and believes in a holistic approach to nutrition and health. Avery specializes in a wide range of topics, including weight management, heart health, diabetes, digestive health, and meal planning. With her personalized, evidence-based approach, Avery is dedicated to helping clients find sustainable nutrition and lifestyle solutions that work best for them.

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