Ever sat at your laptop and munched your way through an entire pack of biscuits, only to realise you don't even remember eating them?
The hectic, impatient, time poor, modern lifestyle has done very little to improve our relationship with eating which is often performed as a mindless act whilst multi-tasking in front on of a PC, smartphone or TV.
With routes in Buddhist teachings, mindful eating is centred around taking time out to eat your meals 'mindfully' without distraction and could help address weight issues, change eating behaviours, and reduce stress related eating habits such as binge eating.
Far from a diet, mindful eating can reconnect us more deeply with the experience of eating, and enjoying, our food and help us to learn how food affects our emotions and energy levels throughout the day. All of which are key to maintaining a balanced and nourished body.
But you're busy? And don't have time to ponder where your food came from, or masticate on a raisin for three hours? Right? Well, luckily there are some very simple ways to incorporate more mindful eating into your life, without having to eat the whole frog!
Here's our top 6 tips to start eating mindfully today:
1. Before eating your meal, just take a minute to appreciate the sight and smell of the food.
2. Switch off/remove any distractions, yes that does also include a mobile phone.
3. Eat slower. Aim to chew each mouthful at least 25 times before swallowing.
4. Put your fork down between each bite.
5. Try to identify all the flavours in your food and be aware of the taste sensation in each mouthful.
6. Listen to your body's cue to stop eating when full, not just when you've finished.
With the Lunar Eclipse this week, there has never been a better time to harness the power of change that it will bring and focus on creating a mindful approach to all aspects of our life, to discover a greater feeling of balance and harmony.
There are many 'mindful eating scripts' that give a detailed account of how to eat mindfully. If you'd like to try this you can find one here.
For more information on the benefits of mindful eating, try reading Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
Written by Kate Swinson - Founder of MEvME