Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps you recognize and cope with your emotions and physical sensations. Mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating.
Mindful eating relies on mindfulness, a form of meditation. Mindful eating is about developing awareness of your experiences, physical cues, and feelings about food. It’s used to treat many conditions, including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and various food-related behaviours.
How does one incorporate Mindful eating?
eating slowly and without distraction
listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full and not beyond
distinguishing between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating
engaging your senses by noticing colours, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors
learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food
eating to maintain overall health and well-being
noticing the effects food has on your feelings and figure
appreciating your food
These things allow you to replace automatic thoughts and reactions with more conscious, healthier responses
Despite the slight differences in interventions, the goals of these studies remain consistent: to identify whether or not mindfulness and/or mindful eating skills may improve unhealthy eating behaviors.