Are you eating correctly? Eating is a basic human function. Even if you make a strong effort to eat healthy, it’s important to think about the act of eating. When you enjoy good food, do you ever look past just the taste?
For many people, their meals are an integral part of the structure of their day, so don’t glance over the experience as just a necessity. Instead start to be more mindful while eating. Here are some suggestions you will consider at your next meal:
- How do you feel before eating? Are you eating because it is that designated time of the day (lunch break)?
- Is there an event that is prompting the hunger? You may be eating due to a stressful circumstance, a social gathering, or even as a personal reward. While these all certainly have their place, it is important to be aware that this can easily develop into a habit.
- Notice the feeling of hunger before the meal. Throughout the meal continue to reflect back on this feeling. Does it abate? Learn to know the necessary amount and not over-indulge.
- Think of where the food may have came from. Was this locally grown produce? Free range chickens? Think of how many people came together to bring you the food and appreciate it.
- Take smaller bites. Learn to appreciate the taste of the food. This is essential in order to avoid over-indulgence as well.
- Take your time and chew slowly.
- Avoid the inevitable guilt of “just one more” or “well it’s just for ____ reason”. This is a habit that will take time and effort to break. It is important to stay consistent, eat well, and learn to appreciate the fuel we are putting into our bodies.
- Unplug. The world needs more of this in general. Take the time to enjoy your food and the company you are in. Engage with one another, and if you are alone, learn to appreciate being alone with yourself.
Consider these points at your next few meals, and become more mindful about your eating habits. We can find enjoyment and gratitude in even the most basic elements of our day, you just have to notice it.