Mindful eating, ever heard of it? This is basically more of a Buddhist concept which says that in order to consume full health benefits from what you are having as a meal, one needs to appreciate the flavor and notice its fullness. Simply put, it requires a bit of an effort to make sure that you are consciously eating what you are eating. A lot of us might simply reject the notion saying that we already do that, however, the truth is quite the opposite. We tend to ignore signals from our bodies that tell us when to start eating and when to stop, rather we are the ones who would prefer to binge eat on wedding buffets. Similarly, while having dinner, we would either be watching our favorite drama serial or might be busy texting that special someone asking them if they have had dinner or nah.
What we normally do is that we do not eat ‘intentionally’. And half of the times, we do not even know what we are consuming in terms of nutritional value.
Helps you control unnecessary eating
If you have a habit of eating past your bodily limits or how much your digestive system actually requires, eating mindfully can help you not to overconsume food when your body least requires it. For example, we tend to eat a lot of junk when we are depressed or having the blues, commonly known as emotional eating. Being focused on your intake would decrease the chances of that.
Helps you absorb nutrients better
When you are eating mindfully and slowly, you tend to chew better and chew more. As a result, more complex nutritional compounds get broken down into simpler substances that get digested easily and therefore, absorbed into the bloodstream more efficiently.
Helps you enjoy your meal time
What is food for if it’s not even fun? The more you enjoy your meal the more likely it is to benefit you, it’s more of a psychology thing. Take moments of savoring each and every bite that you chew on and notice the remarkable blend of flavors that melts inside your mouth. Trust us, your entire food experience will change and you will feel it happening.
Helps you manage your weight
Really, does it? The answer is yes. When you are eating mindfully, you would only be eating when you get the signal from your body that it is hungry. Otherwise, you won’t. What this does is that it controls your diet in massive ways and when you are eating only when it is needed, you would know when to put the spoon down and say I’m done!
Helps prevent diabetes in people at risk
Did you know that unnecessary eating and binging that leads to gaining weight is most of the times resulting in type two diabetes in individuals? Slow it down and concentrate on how much you are eating. You are more likely to feel full much faster than you usually do and eventually you would stop.
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