Weekly Wellness: The surprising benefits of mindful eating
There are a lot of benefits to mindfulness, like improved mental health and stress relief. But who knew that being mindful about your food could have such positive effects? Check out these surprising benefits of mindful eating!

1. You'll feel more satisfied 
Everyone knows the feeling of being stuffed after a big meal. And while it may seem counterintuitive, eating until you're full can actually lead to feeling less satisfied. That's because mindful eating - paying attention to your hunger cues and stopping when you're no longer hungry - can help to prevent overeating. When you eat mindfully, you're more in tune with your body's natural hunger signals. As a result, you're less likely to eat beyond your hunger level, and you're more likely to feel satisfied after a meal. So if you're looking to feel more satisfied, ditch the all-you-can-eat mentality and start eating mindfully. 

2. You'll have more energy 
mindful eating can help to boost our energy levels. When we're mindful of the foods we're consuming, we're more likely to make healthier choices that provide sustained energy instead of the Sugary highs and lows that come from processed foods. So next time you sit down to eat, take a moment to appreciate your food. Not only will you enjoy your meal more, but you'll also have more energy to tackle the rest of your day. 

3. You'll be able to focus better 
mindful eating can help you focus better. When you're mindful of what you're eating, you're more aware of the taste, texture, and smell of your food. You're also more likely to pay attention to how you're feeling physically and emotionally. mindful eating can help you be more present in the moment and less likely to be distracted by your thoughts. As a result, you'll be able to focus better on the task at hand.

4. You'll feel happier and calmer 
It's no secret that what we eat can have a profound impact on our mood and energy levels. When we're feeling sluggish or down, we often turn to comfort foods that are high in sugar and fat. However, these foods can actually end up making us feel worse in the long run. On the other hand, mindful eating - paying attention to the food we're consuming and savoring the flavors and textures - has been shown to boost our mood and promote feelings of calmness and well-being. So next time you're feeling stressed or low, instead of reaching for a sugary snack, take a moment to sit down and enjoy a nutritious meal. You'll be glad you did!

5. You'll have a stronger immune system 
mindful eating can help to improve your immune system! When you mindful eat, you're paying attention to your body and what it's telling you it needs. Maybe you're noticing that you're tired and need more sleep, or that you're feeling run down and need some extra vitamins C. Maybe you even notice that you're getting a cold and need to up your water intake. Whatever it is, mindful eating helps you to listen to your body and give it what it needs. And when you do that, your body is better able to fight off infection and illness. So not only will mindful eating help you to feel better in the moment, but it can also help you to avoid getting sick in the first place!

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