To think I have never made this post is crazy!
Maybe my blog name is obvious, but maybe it is not, however for me, the concept of mindful eating is an important one.
Before we move along, let’s just address what mindful eating is. Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention. It is eating and recognizing all of your hunger cues and being aware of when you are no longer hungry or if you were even hungry to start off with. In our fast-paced society, the concept of mindful eating is seriously becoming a thing of the past.
You see, for me, every time I eat or drink something, I am hyper aware of what it can do for my body, whether that be good or bad for me. This may seem like it could be unhealthy to always be thinking this, however, I really am not influenced by these thoughts I have when it comes to food. You see, the thing is, I am just aware.
When I drink beer, and some may know how much I enjoy drinking beer, I am VERY aware that it’s giving me empty calories, it’s making my liver go into detoxifying overdrive and making me feel full without really providing any nutrition.
Buuuuut, I also know that on a bad day, a party, or on a Saturday night, a beer is not gonna kill me and might actually be enjoyable to drink. I am aware that I do not want to drink alcohol everyday but I am capable of acknowledging, and not feeling a single ounce of guilt, whenever I do go ahead and drink a beer, or two… or maybe even three.
So mindful eating to me is always being aware of what you are eating, not in a judging way, but in an informed way. It’s being able to acknowledge what you are eating and taking the time to enjoy whatever you are eating.
One of my friends at school had a really nice realization this summer that she shared with me and it was really eye opening. She told me that whenever we eat, we should always eliminate any other activity we are currently doing, because eating in itself is an activity.
So take yourself away from your laptop, the TV, Netflix or that homework you have to do, and eat in a mindful way.
Appreciate what you are eating, be aware of how much and how quickly you are eating, and most importantly, enjoy the food that you are so lucky to be eating.
Acknowledge, in a non judgmental way, the food you are eating in that moment. Appreciate everything it has to offer, whether it be the fresh crunch of a green salad or the moistness and sweet taste of a chocolate cake.
What do you think about mindful eating? Do you try your best to eat mindfully?