Mindfulness is BIG right now. Whether or not you practise yoga, the word is filtering through the mainstream consciousness as people start to understand how it applies to every aspect of life. To me, mindfulness means stopping and taking time to smell the roses, look at the sky, be in the moment.
Here’s how you might apply this principal to everyday eating to ensure you don’t overdo it and actually enjoy food. You know that feeling when you’re sitting in front of an empty plate but can’t remember what you just had, what it tasted like…
- Start by recognising whether you’re hungry before you begin eating. If you aren’t hungry, you won’t be as interested so it will be harder to stay focused. Besides, if a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it.
- Don’t wait until you’re famished. One of the keys to conscious eating is to keep your body adequately fed to avoid becoming overly hungry which increases the chance that you’ll overeat
- Next, decide how full you want to be when you’re finished eating. When you eat with the intention of feeling better when you’re done eating, you’re less likely to keep eating until the food is gone.
- Choose food that will satisfy both your body and your mind. Our society is so obsessed with eating right that we sometimes eat things we don’t even like. However, satisfaction comes not just from fullness but from enjoying the taste of your food–without guilt. Feeling guilty about eating certain foods actually causes more overeating, not less.
- Set the table in a pleasant manner. Creating a pleasant ambience adds to the enjoyment of eating and to your level of satisfaction. Besides, you deserve it.