Conscious eating can help prevent overeating, lose weight, handle eating disorders, and even improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
What is conscious eating?
Conscious eating is like meditation during a meal. Although it sounds weird, you can master it in a very short time. Just like in meditation, you need to eat in a quiet place, focus on your breathing, and get rid of negative thoughts. You will become aware of the food you eat and the feelings in your body.
How to eat consciously?
- Take some time to eat
Usually, we accompany eating with some other activity like watching TV, talking, reading, and the like. To eat consciously you need to devote only to the meal. It is best to eat in a place that is quiet.
Very often we do not feel the taste of the food we eat because the whole process is almost unconscious. Observe your food, notice its aroma, colors, appearance … It’s important to know what you will consume.
- Express your gratitude
When you thank for your food, it will have a positive effect on you. Thank the people who prepared your food, thank the universe, thank you for believing.
When you start eating, note how you feel. Are you happy, excited, hungry, and the like. When you observe your feelings, it will be much easier for you to be present at the moment.
Note the taste and texture of the food. Enjoy every bite and chew well.
- Note your emotions
Please note if you are still hungry, do you want a dessert, whether you like the meal. Notice how your body is responding to the food you consume.
Benefits of conscious eating
You will feel these benefits even if you consciously eat only 10 minutes a day.
- The food will have a better taste because you will notice things you have missed.
- You will reduce the risk of weight gain as you do not unconsciously overload.
- You will be calm and relaxed.
- This will be like a small break from the hard day.
- Gradually you start to want to eat healthier and easier food.
- You will know better what is good for your body and what things you really need.