Eating mindfully simply refers to eating consciously instead of just stuffing your mouth with food without paying attention. So many of us do that and there are hardly any people today who actually concentrate on their food while they eat. Eating consciously, or mindful eating includes a rich eating experience that involves bringing into account the aroma of food and the taste with every bit that you chew on. Most importantly, it allows you to listen to the cues that your body is giving you and eat in accordance with that rather than just eating whenever you feel like and as much as you want. It also includes keeping a track of how your full your body feels after a meal and what you felt before having that meal. Seems like a tricky job?
We’ll share with you a few tips on how you can master that because the results are pretty healthy on your body.
A lot of us find ourselves literally binging on all those kabaabs and we tend to do that because we are super speedy with our meals and hence, it feels as if we’ve eaten less because it has taken us so much lesser time. Slow eating makes you concentrate better on your food consumption and you would know when to stop. When you eat slow and take your time to chew, your body would find it easier to digest your food which itself is a healthy thing.
Switch off all gadgets
Do you have this habit of watching TV while having your meal? Or maybe you just cannot let go of Facebook even when you are at the dining table. Maybe your Ammi Jaan is now tired of telling you to put it down during the meal. Make sure your mind is focused on just eating and try to eat in a gadget-free zone. It doesn’t have to be this way each time, but at least most of the time.
Many people tend to complete their assignments while munching on food and many khawateen would eat as they clean the house or talk to their saheli. Say no to distracted eating, because chances are when you are distracted by a task and are still eating, you tend to ignore your bodily cues that might be telling you ‘Okay, that’s enough noodles for now, you may stop’. This is the reason so many of us complain about weight gain without any apparent reason that they see behind it.
Skip emotional eating
We tend to binge on chocolates and just anything that’s plain old sugary or greasy when we are in a low mood, this is commonly referred to as emotional eating. As humans, we tend to go for emotionally comforting food more than healthy foods: no wonder you would choose a slice of chocolate fudge cake over a bowl of salad, hmm?
Eat with others
Have you ever noticed your eating patterns change when you eat alone versus when you eat with family? There is certainly a difference even though some of you may disagree. When you plan on eating mindfully, make it a norm to eat with family as much as you can. Also, eat at designated spots, such as the dining table or the dastarkhwaan because it does make a difference and you begin to slow down and concentrate better.