What?Very simply, to eat mindfully is to pay full attention to the experience of eating.
Why?Why not? There are many benefits to mindfulness practice (Davis and Hayes, 2012).
- stress reduction
- boosts to working memory
- less emotional reactivity
How?This is actually a very easy thing to do.
Be curious and pay full attention to the meal.
Savor the intricacies of flavor and texture. Sip your coffee / tea / wine / beer / juice / etc. Pay attention to the colors, smells, and flavors. Maybe say out loud what you like about the food. Ask others what they like about the meal.
Commit to pay full attention to your meal for five minutes. See what happens.
References and Resources:
- Bays. "Mindful Eating." Psychology Today. Psychology Today, 5 Feb. 2009. Web. 26 Nov. 2014. <http://www.psychologytoday.
- Clancy. "How to Master the Art of Mindful Eating." Zen Habits. N.p., 24 Mar. 2010. Web. 26 Nov. 2014. <http://zenhabits.net/mindful-
- Davis, and Hayes. "What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness." American
Psychological Association. American Psychological Association, July
& Aug. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2014. <http://www.apa.org/monitor/
- Digonis. "Lose Weight by Eating Mindfully." Mind Body Green. N.p., 1 Dec. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2014. <http://www.mindbodygreen.com/