What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful Eating has quite literally changed my life. My relationship with food has finally become what everyone’s is meant to become- one of food freedom. And it’s because I started to learn how to re-trust myself through mindful eating.
So why do all these people (me) keep talking about mindful eating??? What is it? The Center for Mindful Eating defines mindful eating as:
“Mindful Eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food.”
My version. Mindful eating means:
- Learning to re-trust your body because your body is brilliantly smart
- Learning to trust your hunger and fullness cues
- Learning to accept your cravings as they come
- Learning to eat slower to really taste and enjoy your food
- Learning to eat without guilt or shame
In essence, mindful eating can help heal your relationship with food and body. It can be an extremely powerful tool if it is taken seriously. I truly believe that as you drive the diet voice out of your head and trust your body, you will be able to eat anything you want. Your body knows what it wants and needs and will help to moderate. You just have to have the courage to listen.
So go ahead and enjoy your bacon! Or ice cream, cookies, chips, or whatever else it is and start listening to what your body is telling you.
Look for my next post about steps you can take right now to start mindfully eating!!
Edited May 2017