Eating wisely is not a diet. It is a conscious way to eat and enjoy, for both health and pleasure. It uses our internal signals about hunger, appetite, and satiety to guide us in our diet.
When we slow down and pay attention to how we mindful consuming, what we eat, and how we feel, we are more likely to make better decisions that are healthy for our bodies.
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Here are some steps you can take to practice mindful eating.
Step 1 – Allow yourself to eat what you want. If not, you may be overeating because you don't want to feel deprived. If you limit yourself to certain foods, you can also have cravings whether you are hungry or not.
Step 2 – Concentration while eating. Instead of subconsciously putting food into your mouth during meals or during the day, stop enjoying every bite. Whenever you eat, take the time to sit down and ONLY EAT. Not doing anything. Make it an event.
Step 3 – Enjoy the Taste. Use your sense of smell and taste to fully enjoy your food. Evaluate its good smell before eating. Move it around so that all of your senses are involved.
Step 4 – Think for a moment. When you're done, take a moment to think about the experience. Is it as good as you can imagine? The latter most likely means that you are not fully enjoying your meal and you may be thinking about a "food mentality.