8 Worthwhile Benefits of Mindful EatingPosted: Oct 01 in Health And Wellness, Nutrition by Dr. Lazarus
Mindful eating has become popular with many people who are feeling overwhelmed with the stress and pace of today’s lifestyles. There are many benefits to mindful eating, some of which are not obvious. Among those benefits are enjoying your food, building stronger relationships, and losing weight. Here are some of the benefits of mindful eating:
Sometimes issues around food cause severe relationship problems, particularly for someone with an eating disorder. It’s been found that if you can learn to practice mindful eating with an emphasis on taking time to spend with your family and other significant people in your life, you will be happier and healthier. You would be amazed how eating together can forge strong relationships where they previously didn’t exist.
If you worry constantly about food, you are bound to feel stressed. The media and the diet industry have made it their business to dictate what you should eat. But this can cause you to forget to listen to what your body is telling you. When you get back to listening to your body, you will reduce your stress.
More Enjoyment Of Your Food
When you slow down and eat mindfully, you will discover the joy you used to feel around your food. And after all, food is meant to be enjoyed. It has become a minefield for so many of us that the joy has disappeared.
When you are mindful about the food you eat, your digestion will inevitably get better. You will be less likely to overeat, and you will avoid eating large amounts of junk food because you will be eating real food regularly and you will lose your interest in fast food.
Consume Fewer Calories
One of the advantages of eating mindfully is that you will be able to hear the messages from your stomach telling you that it’s full. You will not want to eat as much because you realize you can always eat later if you are hungry. So, you aren’t as tempted to eat amounts of food fast just because it’s time to eat.
When you eat fewer calories, you can’t help but lose weight. If you consume fewer calories than your body needs, there is no way you won’t lose weight. And with mindful eating, you won’t need to count calories because your body will signal you when you’re full.
No More Binge Eating
You will not be able to eat fast if you stop and savor every bite you put in your mouth. You will get full while eating less food. You will be able to stop when your mind signals your body that you’ve had enough food.
Food Cravings Will Go Away
You can eat anything you want as long as you are eating mindfully. If you’re mindful about your nutrition, you will have fewer food cravings. You will be able to avoid a situation where you are too hungry or one where you’re too full while still enjoying the taste of the foods you enjoy.
When you begin practicing mindful eating, you will start to enjoy all the benefits of mindful eating and you will find that you savor your food like you never have before. So why not give it a try?