Mindfulness is a term originally coined by Jon Kabat-Zinn and defined as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”. Practicing mindfulness is a technique many use to manage mental and emotional distress, but has also been used in eating! We know that diets are not effective in the long term and we must create behavior and lifestyle change for lasting results and overall well-being.
Mindful eating is defined as “paying attention to our food, on purpose, moment by moment, without judgment”. Unlike traditional diets, mindful eating does not focus on calories, carbohydrates, fat or protein, but on an individual's sensory experience of food. Also, unlike diets, mindful eating is a process-oriented approach rather than outcome driven.
Here are some tips for practicing mindful eating!
Remove all distractions
Practice gratitude and be present
Use your senses
Take note of the flavor profile and texture
Take time in between bites
Remember, mindful eating is not a diet, but a behavior that can be practiced overtime to improve the experience of eating. Try it out for yourself!
Nelson JB. Mindful Eating: The Art of Presence While You Eat. Diabetes Spectr. 2017;30(3):171-174. doi:10.2337/ds17-0015