There are very few people that eat mindfully, and it shows. The obesity rate for those over 20 years of age is 40% in the United States! In Canada, the number is around 30%. If you could stand to lose a few pounds, mindful eating is a viable solution.
What is mindful eating? In a nutshell, mindful eating is eating only when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. It is also putting your full attention on the eating experience.
Most people don’t eat mindfully. They’re watching TV, talking, playing on their phone, or thinking about something else while they eat. These are habits that lead to overeating and weight gain.
● Here’s an interesting experiment. Take a piece of sweet fruit that you enjoy. It could be an orange or a small bunch of grapes. Eat the food very slowly and keep your attention on the flavor. You’ll find that it’s not easy to finish the entire fruit. Fruit is nature’s dessert.
● Now, take unhealthy food and do the same thing. You’ll find it’s not that appetizing. Unhealthy foods are designed to be enjoyable when eaten quickly since that’s how most people eat.
Mindfulness is paying attention to your emotions, surroundings, and actions. It’s a type of self-awareness. Few people eat mindfully. We multitask while eating, and the result is overeating. This is extremely unhealthy, and it’s simply not an enjoyable way to eat.
Much of the eating experience is lost if you’re not paying attention. Eat mindfully and notice the impact it has on your life.