Use Mindful Eating to Get More from Your Meals

Feed your brain while you eat. Appreciate the aroma of your food, and revel in the flavor and texture of each bite.

Is your life always on the go? Do you find yourself rushing a lot — even through meals? Our daily hustle takes a lot out of us, but having a mindful meal could be a way to slow it down.

Mindful eating is the act of noticing the tastes, textures, and sensations of what you’re eating. Slowing down and savoring each bite nurtures our appreciation of food. By employing techniques of moment-to-moment awareness, you naturally slow yourself down and learn to appreciate the present moment, all while reducing your stress levels and experiencing greater enjoyment from your meals.

Mindful eating isn’t hard to do, and it can actually be a fun way to enjoy a meal once you get the hang of it. First, plan to cook something simple and healthy, yet satisfying, like one of these delicious plant-based recipes. Next, set the table, removing any sort of distractions from the dining room such as cell phones, tablets, or anything else that might hijack your attention. While eating your meal, chew each each bite slowly and contemplatively, savoring each bite. Notice the different textures, flavors, and temperatures. Try to think about the ingredients and spices and that went into each component of the meal.

By eating in this fashion, you’ll find that you eat at a more measured pace and that each bite is appreciated. By spending a little extra time consuming your food, you’ll feel healthier, happier, and less stressed.

This Monday, eat your meals with a renewed sense of mindfulness, and continue carrying the practice on through the rest of the week. Find us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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