Is Mindful Eating Good For You?

Mindful Eating is All The Rage, But Is It Good For You?

Some things just garner more attention than others, and mindful eating is one of them.  While certain things sacred can get all the hype, I find that mindful eating is a very beneficial practice.  I was initially skeptical, but I think this practice can be golden to many people worldwide, and I’ll tell you why.

Mindful EatingMindful eating is simply paying attention while you eat, especially to how the food makes you feel. You are not just eating, but experiencing the act of ingestion, from smelling the food, to bringing it to your mouth, to how it tastes, chewing, swallowing, and how the food feels once it lands in your stomach.  You pay attention to the entire act.  You notice how and what this does to your senses, emotions, and body.

In an article in the Kansas City Star, titled, “Author promotes ‘mindful eating’ as a way to improve health and satisfaction”, the author writes:

We all know that people eat when they’re bored or stressed, but Kristeller notes an interesting phenomenon she calls “chasing the flavor.” Ever notice that the 10th bite of a piece of cake never matches the taste of those first few? Kristeller has an explanation: “We crave rich, fatty and sweet foods, but our taste buds eventually get overloaded.” As you eat a particular food, your satisfaction eventually begins to drop.

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This “chasing the flavor” concept is very interesting.  I often do this with chocolate!  Those first few bites are awesome, and then it dissipates.  I can then spend a few more minutes eating more chocolate in an attempt to feel that initial rush!  Genius!  The article goes on to state:

This is where distractions get us. Instead of feeling satisfied, distracted eaters try to battle that loss by continuing to eat more. Mindful eating helps people develop an awareness of this moment. “We’ve done it in training before, and people who had never thrown out a doughnut before in their life began to understand that two or three bites were good enough, and then it got too sugary.”

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This concept it pretty awesome.  Once you practice mindful eating for a while, you can voluntarily stop eating certain foods that you get “addicted” to, whether good or bad for you.  This is a very practical application of mindful practice that has the potential to help millions of people.
So yeah, in this way, it’s probably very good for you.
Here is a pretty solid video on mindful eating:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxE9g5iVf74

If you want guided all-day active mindfulness, check out this very inexpensive course on Udemy. I bought it and have been through it, and it's good.

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