In the era of fast foods, eating has become a ritual. We eat on the go, eat whenever possible and whatever we can. Mindful eating is all about savoring your meal and enjoying the eating process. Here are some easy ways to do it.
Know what you eat
Next time you start eating, do this simple step. Look at your meal carefully for a few seconds and realize what you are eating. Admire the texture of your food items. Think if your meal consist of all that your body needs.
This is the first step towards mindful eating. Once your brain knows what you are eating, it starts enjoying the process.
Focus on your plate
Learn to focus on your plate. And this also means, eat from a plate. Minimize eating from wraps. Though not always possible (especially when eating with family), try to concentrate on the food as you savor it.
Enjoy every bite
There is a fundamental difference between the human and animal jaw structure. Animal jaws are designed to make a cutting motion (up and down) because their digestive system takes care of grinding the food. On the other hand, human digestion system expects food that is half-grounded. And the upward and side movement of our jaws help in preparing the food for proper digestion.
Make sure to grind your food well before you swallow. While doing this, enjoy every bite and the wonderful taste of your food. Gulping down the food as it is disturbs the rhythm of your digestive system. Also, it prevents you from mindful eating.
Cut off distractions
Digital distractions like mobile phones, tablets and television distract you away from the food. To make sure you focus completely on your eating, cut off distractions as much as possible. This is another key factor to mindful eating.
Mindful eating is all about enjoying your food. You do that in four simple ways:
- Know what you eat
- Focus on your plate
- Enjoy every bite
- Cut off distractions
Be thankful for the person who served your plate of food. Enjoy eating!