What’s Mindful Eating, and How Do You Get Started?

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How To Practice Mindful Eating — American Heart Association

Here are some steps to help you start practicing mindful eating:

1. First, sit down and ask yourself why you’re eating.

Are you hungry? Or are you bored or stressed? Food will only make you feel better temporarily, but the problem causing your stress will still be there. Mindful eating helps you only eat when you are hungry.

2. Don’t multitask.

Multitasking can be bad for your mental health. When you’re eating, don’t watch TV, don’t work on your laptop, and don’t text on your phone. Instead, think about what you’re eating. Does it taste good? Do you want to eat it?

3. Slow down.

Don’t shove your food down your throat super fast. Instead, eat slowly and savor every bite. Enjoy your food! Eating slower also has other benefits. It helps you be more aware of your satiety and makes it easier for you to digest your food.

4. Stop halfway.

When you’re halfway through your meal, stop and check in with yourself again. Do you still feel hungry? This helps you to stop eating based on how your body is feeling versus whether or not you have eaten everything on your plate.

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What’s Mindful Eating, and How Do You Get Started?

What’s Mindful Eating and How Do You Get Started?

  • Check for hunger and satiety before you eat.
  • Serve in modest portions
  • Slow down
  • Chew your food thoroughly
  • Savor your food
  • Don’t skip meals

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