March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” Do you take time to “Savor the Flavor?” These questions are to make you think if you are you eating mindfully or mindlessly: Why, when, where, what, how, and how much do you eat? Do you eat because you are stressed, because it is meal time, in front of your TV, while multi-tasking? Do you eat whatever you have in your fridge and until your plate is empty?
Weight Watchers states that mindless eating is “eating food without paying adequate attention to what and how much is being eaten.” Thich Nhat Hanh, the author of “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,” says mindful eating “isn’t a diet or about restricting.” Rather, it is “about experiencing the full abundance and pleasure that’s available to you in the moment. It’s not just ‘eating slowly and focusing.’ It’s taking note of your physical and emotional cues before, during and after the process.”
Just making it a practice to eat mindfully can improve your health. According to Harvard Health, mindful eating can help you avoid overeating, improve digestion, and ultimately help you lose weight.
To find out more about Mindful or Mindless Eating check out these website and books:
Next time you eat, take these steps to eat mindfully and “Savor the Flavor”:
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