If you love snacking, this one's for you. Did you know that you can snack or eat mindfully?
Mindful eating has been scientifically proven to increase fulfillment, gratitude, and general happiness. But how does mindful eating help us feel grateful? And how do we do it?
I'm glad you asked. Mindfulness increases feelings of gratitude because mindful eating helps us intentionally focus on where our food came from, how it was prepared, and how it tastes.
We are much less likely to be grateful for a meal we scarfed down without blinking. We are much more likely to be grateful for a meal that we savored, took our time to eat, and truly enjoyed.
So how does one practice eating mindfully?
A great way to eat mindfully is by looking at your plate before you begin to eat your food and thinking about how all the food ended up on your plate. You can also take small bites and chew slowly, focusing on the flavors and how you feel as you eat.
Recent studies show that those who practice eating mindfully have improved their relationship with food over time. If you suffer from binge eating or don't get enough nutrients in your diet, mindful eating could be a great way to improve your diet and overall health.
There are many more benefits to eating mindfully, including:
- Weight loss
- Increased awareness of hunger
- Increased awareness of fulness
- Reduced overeating
- Reduced stress
- Increased satisfaction with food
- Improved diet
As you can see, there are many benefits to practicing mindfulness while you eat. If you want to have a little fun with it, try taking a bite of a snack, and let it dissolve in your mouth without chewing!
Practicing mindfulness doesn't have to be a boring chore. You can incorporate mindfulness into any activity you choose.
One of the most significant and scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness is how it can help boost energy levels. Keep reading to learn more about mindfulness and its relationship to productivity and energy.