Mindful eating is a yogic practice in which we bring a strong sense of awareness to the ritual of eating. For many of us, busy lives catch us eating behind the wheel, at our desk or in front of the TV – just about anywhere except the kitchen table. The act of eating often becomes a mindless task rather than the enjoyable, deeply nourishing experience it should be.
Slowing down and taking the time to enjoy your food allows you to become attuned to what your body needs and to notice when it’s satiated. When you gather ingredients for a meal, begin to open your awareness to how the colors, textures and scents of these nutrient-dense foods make you feel. Ignite all of your senses every time you eat and connect to your food and the source from which it came, savoring the richness, flavors and qualities of each meal. Offer yourself loving thoughts as you eat and remember the incredible gifts this food is offering you.
Your whole body will benefit from being present while eating. Mindful eating is a clear, elevated awareness without criticism or self-judgment, and a pleasurable experience that supports good health. Remember, it is not just what you eat, but how you eat that matters.
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