Mindful Eating: Taking Control Over Your Food

Posted on June 15, 2021

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Food is what fuels us and powers our minds and bodies, enabling them to function properly. While food and nutrition are essential to maintaining our health and overall wellness, many of us do not eat for this purpose. Many of us eat for pleasure, necessity, or simply out of boredom.

Mindful eating helps you take control of your eating habits. Silver Comet Village provides senior living services in Powder Springs, Georgia, and we know that food and nutrition are crucial to leading healthy, purposeful lives. We offer exceptional dining services that cater to a variety of diet and nutrition needs as well as personal preferences. 

To help you take back control over your eating habits and how you fuel your body, we are sharing the benefits of mindful eating and how to practice this philosophy in your everyday dining routine.

What is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating is based on mindfulness, a practice that encourages you to focus on the present moment. Mindfulness is all about fully experiencing the now, helping you recognize and process your emotions and physical sensations in your current surroundings.

Practicing mindful eating goes a step further. According to healthline, “mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating.” 

Through this idea, you are able to replace impulsive thoughts and reactions toward food with more conscious and healthy choices. You learn to recognize how what you are putting into your body makes you feel.

Why Practice Mindful Eating?

Make Healthier Choices

When you practice mindful eating and pay attention to how certain foods make you feel, you start to make healthier food choices. You are aware of the foods that fuel your mind and body, as well as the foods that make you feel sluggish and fatigued. You can use this insight to select healthier options that nourish your body’s functions.

Improve Digestion

Mindful eating is about being present while you consume food. Due to the nature of this practice, you slow down the pace of eating. This slower pace of eating allows your digestive system to better process the foods you are fueling it with.

Feel Fuller Sooner

By eating slower, you may be surprised to notice that you feel fuller with less food. This is because your body has time to register that it is being fed before you overeat. When you eat quickly, you fill your stomach up before it can react and tell your brain that it is full. Mindful eating helps solve this issue. 

By eating at a slower pace and focusing on how the food is making you feel, mindful eating helps you get more in tune with the feeling of being full and satisfied before feeling stuffed or overly full.

Realize Why You Turn to Food

Yes, the purpose of food is to nourish and fuel our bodies with the nutrients it needs to function properly, but this is not the only reason that people eat. It is common for individuals to use food as a coping strategy for emotional reasons. 

By practicing mindful eating, you will be able to better recognize when you eat because you are hungry and eating for another reason. If you discover another reason is present, mindful eating can help you change your relationship with food.

Implementing Mindful Eating into Your Daily Life

Mindful eating can be easier said than done. It takes a conscious effort to break old habits and stay present while eating, but some ways can make mindful eating easier for you to implement into your daily routine.

  • Slow down the pace when you eat – Do not rush through your meals.
  • Eat without distractions – Other than the presence of dining company, limit your distractions, such as your phone or the television, so you can focus on eating.
  • Listen to your body when it tells you that you are full – You should aim to eat until your hunger is satisfied, but you are not stuffed.
  • Take smaller bites – Put down your utensils between bites and as you chew to fully experience your food.
  • Use all of your senses – Pay attention to the color of the food on your plate, the aroma it gives off, and the texture.

At Silver Comet Village, we believe that dining and nutrition play a vital role in a person’s overall health. To learn more about our community’s dining experience, contact a member of our senior living team in Powder Springs, Georgia, or visit our website.