>Mindful eating: Decreasing the stress

>When you eat mindfully, you become part of the wonder of eating. The goal of this modality is to chew very small bites of food, exploring the smell, taste and texture of food.
The basic premise is that paying attention to food in a mindful, intuitive way can help not only with digestion but with maintaining a person’s weight. When you prepare your meals with love and eat slowly, you can begin to enjoy life in the present, without rushing off. Make your meals a special time to slow down, take a few deep breaths and just enjoy.
Becoming mindful to your body’s needs may help with self-awareness ( related to when you are full) and to more control over eating.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the developer of a stress reduction clinic describes mindful eating as a step toward controlling stressful moments. A person can become more mindful of their eating through eating in silence and slowing down the hand-to -mouth movements in order to watch the entire process of eating. The process becomes observing, smelling and looking at the colors and textures.
Another aspect is related to knowing when your body has had enough food, and is saying it is time to stop. Time to stop can be the first step toward becoming mindful and intuitive to what your body needs.
Taken in part from: Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full Catastrophic Living: Using the Wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain and illness. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group.