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  • Writer's pictureAngela Oliver

5 Things to Reflect on Before Eating

Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgement. Mindful eating allows us to become aware of our thoughts and feelings related to food and reconnects us to our intuition about hunger and satiety.

How many times have you eaten a meal while watching TV or working on your computer? You’re focused on the TV show or the work you’re doing and before you know it, the meal is gone and you’re not even sure if you enjoyed it. You ate it so fast you’re not feeling full yet. Sound familiar? This is the opposite of mindful eating and I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there. With our busy lives, it can be difficult to make every meal mindful. Our eating habits do not need to be perfect but we can try to implement mindfulness more often. Next time you sit down for a meal (and yes, you should sit down) ask yourself these five questions:

  1. What is my hunger level?

  2. Will this nourish my body?

  3. Do I truly want it?

  4. How will I feel after eating it?

  5. How can I make it an enjoyable meal?

Mindfulness at meal times is essential to creating a healthy relationship with food. Asking yourself these five questions will help you identify what your body needs, in that moment, and how to take the next steps to honor your innate inner wisdom. I encourage you to take a moment to slow down and prioritize your next meal. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.

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