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Why you should consider mindful eating

In today’s world where everything is fast-paced, the widespread belief is that if you snooze, you will lose. 

This mindset seeps into everything we do, including eating. This explains the proliferation of fast food spots, quick meals, etc. Now, we are barely paying attention to what we are stuffing ourselves with, as long as we have enough fuel to get us through the day’s hustle. 

This is how eating disorders start. This is how many people become obese. This is why you should consider mindful eating.

It might sound strange to you if you are hearing the phrase for the first time but the concept of mindful eating is actually hinged on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, a form of meditation. I should add that practicing mindful eating does not mean that you have become a Buddhist (I know how my religious Nigerian brothers and sisters can be). 

Mindful eating is an eating habit formed by being aware of your emotions and as it relates to eating and paying full attention to your experience while eating, your cravings and physical cues. Usually, it involves:

eating slowly

distinguishing between true hunger and non-hunger triggers

appreciating the food you are eating

being aware of the colours, flavours, textures and other properties of your food

dealing with the emotions that are related to your desire for food, e.g. guilt

eating to maintain your health

Mindful eating has been found to help with eating disorders, binge-eating, depression, and other food-related habits. More so, eating too quickly can stop you from feeling satisfied when you actually are. Doing this often leads to obesity. It also helps you identify emotional hunger and handle it appropriately.

Now that you know what mindful eating is all about and why it is important, we will discuss how to go about it. 

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