Weekly Wellness: Mindful eating - Press pause and be present
Have you ever found yourself eating food while scrolling through Instagram or watching Netflix? It may feel like multitasking is the way to go, but you are missing out on an important part of the experience – savoring your food. Mindful eating is a practice that encourages us to be present in the moment and to enjoy our food without judgement. Let’s explore how we can incorporate mindful eating into our lives...pressing the pause button and being present.

1. Press Pause and Be Present
The first step in mindful eating is to practice being present. This means taking a few moments before and during your meal to focus on your senses and really pay attention to what you are eating. Ask yourself questions like “What does this taste like?”, “What does it smell like?”, and “How does it feel in my mouth?” This will help you be more aware of what you are consuming and allow you to have an appreciation for each bite.

2. Curiosity Not Judgement
It can be easy to judge ourselves when we eat certain things or if we don’t meet certain expectations with our meals. Mindful eating encourages us to leave judgement at the door and instead approach our meals with curiosity. Instead of questioning why we want something or why we ate too much, simply observe the thoughts that come up and try not to attach any meaning behind them. This helps us form healthier relationships with food by allowing us to take away guilt or shame associated with our meals.

3. Sensing Not Slowing
Mindfulness requires us to be aware of all sensations while they are happening in real-time. That means no slowing down or speeding up – just observe what is happening without judgement or expectation so that you can really experience it fully in each moment. Doing this regularly will help retrain your brain so that it becomes easier for you to recognize when you are full without overindulging or feeling deprived after a meal.

4. Practice Not Perfection
Finally, remember that mindful eating is about practice not perfection! You don't have to get it perfect every time - just do your best without expecting too much from yourself on day one! Start small and build up slowly as you become more comfortable with this new way of relating to food and your body. Don't forget that mindful eating should always include using the hunger fullness scale; this will ensure that you never forget about listening to your body's signals when it comes time for nourishment!

Mindful eating helps us savor each bite of our meals by encouraging us to press pause, be present, use curiosity rather than judgement, sense rather than slow down, and practice rather than perfection! By incorporating these principles into our daily lives, we can create healthier relationships with food and ultimately lead more enjoyable lives! So why not give it a try today? Put away the distractions and tune into what’s really going on inside – both mentally and physically – during mealtimes! You won't regret it!

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