What is Mindful Eating?

July 14, 2008

Our lives have become so busy not only with work, family and the usual responsibilities, but, also we are constantly distracted by phone calls, emails, text messages, tv etc. Most of us are multitasking in order to get everything done. While we realize that driving and talking on the phone can be dangerous, how many people realize that multitasking while eating can cause a tremendous amount of health problems??

Mindless eating or eating without awareness can contribute to overeating and poor food choices. This type of repetitive behavior may lead to many health problems including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

One way to stop this behavior is become more mindful during eating. Mindful eating involves:

  • eating with awareness;
  • eating based on physiological hunger and satiety cues rather than situation and emotional cues;
  • being present moment by moment, for each sensation that happens during eating, such as chewing, tasting and swallowing.

Stay tuned for another blog on how to practice mindful eating…..

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