I asked Kristen Moore of Mindful Health Solutions to write a guest blog on Mindfulness, specifically related to Mindful eating.
We live in a fast paced world and it’s good to remind ourselves to slow down, live in the moment and enjoy life, especially when it comes to food and eating.
I hope you enjoy this post and reference it often. I know I will! Please feel free to leave comments below.
Mindful eating, a lost skill
Mindfulness is the ability to consciously and purposefully be aware of your body,
your thoughts, and emotions in the moment without forming judgements. To
simply be present in that particular time and place. That awareness is used to
recognize your body sensations as well. It allows you to step outside yourself and
notice how your current environment is affecting you by observing your bodies
immediate physiological responses. This state of mind allows you to alter your
reflexive trained responses. You are able to gain control over your emotions and
see the event from a calmer, more balanced, and centered perspective. This total
mind and body awareness is key to making changes in your life, especially when it
comes to your eating habits.
Mindfulness gives you the capability to break up old patterns of behavior and see
your world in a new light. To pause, observe your thoughts, feelings, and bodily
reactions without judgement opens the door to a new way of eating. Those
moments of clarity allow you to notice situations that led to your behavior, the
behavior itself and its consequences. You can now see what was formerly
invisible. That knowledge gives you the power to make concrete changes in your
In our current environment food is a quick source of feel good that many use to
deal with the stresses or dissatisfactions of life. Mindfulness applied to eating
behaviors breaks up the reflexive desire for your food fix and instead allows you to
address underlying conditioned coping styles or habits. It is through mindfulness
that you can gain clarity into your eating behaviors. You now have the tools to
unlock the shackles of your old habits and breathe in the fresh air of awareness,
guiding you to a new life of healthful possibilities. The result; new found joy,
freedom and happiness in your healthy choices.
Behavioral Health Consultant
You can read more on the subject of mindful eating in this issue of Psychology Today