'Tis the season of eating.. With Halloween and Thanksgiving past, and Christmas on its way, it is all too easy to have eyes that are bigger than our stomachs. But that doesn’t mean you need to succumb to mindless munching. Here are 5 ways that meditation can facilitate mindful eating: from what we eat, how we eat it, and how much of it.
Meditation teaches you to pause before reacting to things, so you don’t have to be controlled by impulses or taste buds. In other words, by taking a few moments to pause in-between each bite, you instantly become more attuned to the consumed portions.
Meditation teaches you to be mindful and present while preparing and eating meals and to take your time and enjoy your meals with minimal distraction rather than rushing through them on autopilot. This can lead to portion control and better choices.
Meditation helps you listen to your body by observing sensations. You’ll notice how you feel when you eat for energy and joy versus when you’re eating in response to stress. You’ll always become aware of when your body speaks to you and tells you when you’re full, eat slower, eat less, or have a bit more!
Non-judgment of Self:
Meditation helps you relinquish guilt, worry, or any stress that you may have associated with food. When you are completely present, you are savoring every bit of your delectable food. Infuse positive thoughts while eating your food and continue to do so after the fact. When joy surpasses the potential guilt or regret that may surface, then judgment of the Self will disappear.