If you’re like most people, then you eat quickly in order to get back to the rest of your day, work or other task. However, by eating in this mindless fashion, you’re doing your body a lot more harm than good. When you eat mindlessly, you actually end up eating more than you should, which makes you gain weight. Also, by eating mindlessly, you do not actually enjoy the meal or even eat foods that are healthy and good for your body. So, we will now look at a few tips that will help you to eat more mindfully.
The first tip is to set a timer for 20 minutes and then take the entire 20 minutes to eat your meal. As a result, you will need to slow down your eating so that you don’t finish your meal before the 20 minutes are up. Of course, you should only be focused on your food and not distracted with the television, radio, other people etc. This is your time that you should set aside to truly connect with yourself and your meal. Also, by eating in this manner, you will actually know when you’re full and stop eating naturally when you’ve had enough. People that simply scarf down their food and eat too much since they don’t give their stomach enough time to signal to the brain that they’ve had enough.
Another tip for mindful eating is to pause while you’re eating to take note of the smell, texture and actual taste of your food. This means that you should actually appreciate what you’re eating. You should take the time to really notice how your food tastes and how different flavors work together in other to create a whole new flavor. By doing so, you will enjoy your meals even more and gain greater satisfaction from your food.
Lastly, you should always give thanks for your food before you eat it. This can be as simple as taking a few seconds before you start eating to say thank you. If you are eating a meal with others, then you can make it a practice to say thanks before the meal. This is a great way to cultivate an attitude of gratitude that will positively affect your life in many different ways.
In closing, we have just looked at a couple of mindful eating tips that will help you to keep on track with your diet and ensure you enjoy your food a lot more.