Your mind will also recognise that you’ve eaten well – and so, rather than experiencing feelings of hunger an hour or two later, you’ll have enjoyed sufficient time with the flavours by being present.
Here are 5 easy ways you can start to eat more mindfully, according to Bodyline Clinic:
1. Sit at the table
In modern day living, it can be all too tempting to sit down with your meal in front of the television. Not only does this encourage a bad posture, but it takes your attention away from the food you’re eating. And more than likely, you’ll eat more than you need to.
To resolve this, simply revert back to the traditional way that families eat together. Take a seat at your dining table with your food, and limit any distractions – with the exception of catching up with your family, of course!
2. Slow down
By eating more slowly, you’ll start to notice the textures and flavours of your food more intensely – allowing you to savour each mouthful.
3. Switch off the TV
A core part of mindful eating is being able to focus on what you’re doing. Turning off the TV is one of the easiest, and most effective ways you can ensure that you’re giving your food the attention it deserves.
4. Take breaks
Whilst you’re chewing, place your knife and fork back down on the table. This way, rather than thinking about your next bite, you’ll be placing all of your attention on the food you’re digesting, noticing how it tastes.
5. Stop when you’re full
Eating more slowly will give your body more time to register when it’s full. So, ultimately, you’ll eat less. And by being sure to stop eating when this feeling starts to surface, you’ll avoid feelings of bloat throughout the day.
So, eating mindfully is something we can all practise, with a little time and conscious effort. And, by doing so, we’re likely to see positive changes in our physical and mental health. For more top tips on healthy eating, take a look at our previous food-related articles.
A huge thank you to Bodyline Clinic for collaborating with us on this article.