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Mindful Eating: What Is It and Does It Work?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Mindfulness is a hot word in today’s world. Perhaps because our world is so fast and busy, we’re all looking for a way to slow down and smell the roses. Enter mindfulness. But more than just slowing down, mindfulness can be broken down into everything that we do. For a growing number of people, it’s even taken into their eating habits. Take a look at what the hot new trend of mindful eating really is, followed by whether it really works for meeting your goals.

What is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating basically means eating with purpose. While you’re eating, it’s all you should be doing and all you should really be thinking about. This allows you to choose appropriate foods, taste each flavor, feel the different textures, and notice any body responses. Those who practice this eating technique claim that the food takes over their sense, keeping them completely in the moment. It takes practice, and is generally still mixed with plenty of mindless eating. But overall, those who master it definitely claim that it is the best way to enjoy and meal.

What are the Benefits?

Mindful eating, besides allowing for some flavor exploration and enjoyment, comes with many benefits. Some of the positive side effects of eating mindfully include:

  • You choose better foods - Because you’re slowing down and noticing what’s going into your mouth, you begin to choose foods that are better for the body. They taste better and generally contain higher nutritional content.

  • You eat less - You might be shocked to find out how often we eat when we’re not hungry. We eat to bury emotions, because we’re bored, or to fit in socially. Mindful eating discourages this act, and many people find themselves consuming less as a result.

  • You become present - It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, being present in the moment is a worthy goal. Being present can help improve both physical and mental health and boost moods significantly.

Does It Work?

Whether or not mindful eating works depends on your personal goals. Many find that they enjoy their meals more, lose weight, and begin to explore their own preferences in food. Overall, the reviews of mindful eating are positive … overwhelmingly positive. Don’t be afraid to give it a try, and you may find a wealth of good come flooding in.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Winter Springs, Fla.

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