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Mindful Eating

By June 30, 2020March 2nd, 2021No Comments

You may (or may not) be reading this while forking down mouthfuls of food at the same time. But, either way, eating has become a mindless act, often done quickly. This can be problematic, since it takes your brain up to 20 minutes to realise you’re full.

And that’s why you need to know a little about mindful eating, which can have a significant impact on our digestion, our gut health and, in turn, our fertility. After all, optimal digestion is the key foundational component to ensure we are supporting a well-nourished and balanced body, so that fertility may flourish and support a healthy baby when the time is right.

Mindful eating is based on mindfulness, a Buddhist concept, and is used to treat a number of conditions, including food-related disorders, depression and anxiety. At its most simple, mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating.

So, how can we ensure that we eat mindfully? First and foremost, it involves eating s-l-o-w-l-y and without distraction – that means no scrolling on social media, flicking between apps or watching TV.

But mindful eating is based around a little more than merely your full attention. It also involves:-

  • Listening to physical hunger cues and stopping eating once you are satiated;
  • Distinguishing between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating;
  • Engaging your senses by noticing not just flavours but also colours, smells and textures;
  • Noticing the effects food has on your mood and emotions;
  • Appreciating your food.

So, next time you sit down to a meal, or have a snack, try to really focus on the food itself, rather than seek additional stimulus elsewhere. Over time, your body will reap the benefits.

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