What is Mindful Eating?

Hint: It's not just about chewing your food for a long time.

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Many people think that mindful eating is about eating slowly or about chewing your food for a long time because they don’t really know what mindful eating is.

I would like to share with you one of the principles of mindful eating, guidelines that help individuals and professional become clear on what mindful eating really is. The Principles of Mindful Eating were created by The Center for Mindful Eating and are available free on our website. Reading the principles of mindful eating can deepen your understanding of this concept. I suggest that people print them out and circle the words that seem to resonate within them. I have done this activity at least 20 times and each time, something new seems to touch my heart.

Mindful Eating is: Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body. Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes, or neutral) without judgment. Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin…