According to The Center for Mindful Eating, this approach includes:
- 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.
- Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
- Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
- Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.
Mindfulness in eating can increase one's awareness of thoughts and feelings associated with food and eating. Some describe mindfulness as noticing, observing, or simply paying attention on purpose, doing so in the present moment, and doing so without judgement. Over time, increased awareness can lead to the opportunity to form new experiences regarding eating, rather than automatically reacting out of habit and/or impulse. These practices can help deepen ones mind-body connection as it relates to listening to and nourishing one's body.
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