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I’m sure you’ve heard of all the benefits of mindful eating—feeling more relaxed, eating less, and enjoying your food more, just to name a few. These are all sound amazing and are absolutely possible but let’s face it—you’re busy. The thought of slowing down and taking time to eat when you have so many things to do can seem overwhelming. Trust me—I get it, but it doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve found by breaking mindful eating down into these three easy steps it seems (and is) totally doable.
What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is all about being present. Pay attention, eat with purpose and do only one thing at a time. When you are eating – eat. Focus more on awareness of how you feel and how you eat, rather than what you are eating.
Step #1 Choose Wisely:
Choose a food you love and a comfortable place to eat it. Atmosphere and taste matter. If you don’t love what you eat you are less likely to eat mindfully as you will want to get it over and done with as fast as possible. The same goes if you are eating in an uncomfortable space (like your car). You may rush to get through it and not really enjoy your food.
Step #2 Take a Seat:
A simple way to eat mindfully is to sit down to eat. I recommend eating as distraction-free as possible (no phone, computer or book) and sitting in a comfortable chair.
Step #3 Take Your Time:
Savor each bite and really enjoy the beautiful, nutrient dense food you are about to eat. Try taking three deep breaths before you begin your meal and one deep breath in-between each bite.
Small changes make the biggest difference so if three steps seem like two too many just start with one and work from there.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
Take mindful eating one step further with a mindful eating exercise like one found here.
Sounds doable, right? Are you ready to try mindful eating with your next meal? Let me know about the benefits you’ve experienced in the comments below!