Mindful eating involves paying attention to the complete experience of eating—that includes what’s happening inside your body, inside your mind, and in the world all around you.
By learning how to eat mindfully, you’ll begin to become aware of how different foods impact your body, mind, and well-being (this well-being quiz can also help you better understand which aspects of well-being might need improvement).
Mindful Eating Strategies
To get started with mindful eating, check out these 14 mindful eating strategies.
1. Mindfully Imagine Your Future Self
It turns out that when we imagine things, the brain attempts to simulate the responses that would occur if these situations actually happened. Playing out future scenarios in our minds can help us feel more like this future is real or possible. We can apply this strategy to our food life by imagining how our future self will feel once we’re eating mindfully and have a healthier relationship with food.
2. Reflect on Your Reasons for Mindful Eating
If you decide to pursue a mindful eating practice, first reflect on why you’re doing it. Are you doing it because you want to truly understand what your body needs, explore what nourishes you, and make changes that fundamentally change your relationship with food?