Introduction: What is Mindful Eating?
The word "mindfulness" is misunderstood by some people. It is not a word commonly used in everyday conversations, so it's understandable if you may not be entirely sure about what it means. Mindfulness is simply...
"The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something."
How many times have you been in a rush when eating, and you just scarfed your food down in a hurry? Have you ever woken up late, rushed around to get ready for work, flying out of the house in a hurry and pulling into a fast food drive-through to grab your breakfast because it was quicker than preparing one at home? Unfortunately, these things happen.
We say unfortunately because this is not a very mindful way to eat.
You are not being conscious or aware of how you are eating, what you are eating, and your mindset and emotions as you eat. You are eating while you are stressed out. Stress leads to inflammation and inflammation can cause your digestive system to work improperly. So when you are stressed out as you are eating, even if you eat healthy food, your body does not process it properly.