What is mindful eating?
It's based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. It’s the act of focusing attention on present moment experiences. Involves being fully aware of what is happening within and around you now, in the moment. Eating mindful includes noticing the colors, smells, flavors, and textures of your food; chewing slowly; getting rid of distractions (cell or computer) and learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food.
Apply that to a meal, and mindful eating means paying attention to the food you’re eating, making you less likely to thoughtlessly plow through a bag of potato chips, for instance.
By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN