MINDFUL MONDAY: MINDFUL EATING

Happy Monday, everyone! I know the majority of people don’t love that saying, because they don’t like Mondays. But Monday’s are great! There is something that feels so lively and fresh about a Monday that I always look forward to. I have made Monday’s into focusing on being mindful, in every way. Monday’s are usually when I’m implementing new habits and ideas, and it’s something I always look forward to doing.

I’ve been trying really hard lately to practice mindful eating. If you don’t know what that is (I didn’t!!) then stick with me here for a moment while I explain! Mindful eating is basically the act of taking time to be present with your meal, to digest your meal, and to enjoy the experience of nourishing your body!

Seriously, most days I don’t sit down to eat until dinner! I’m sure other stay st home parents can relate to that. I always feel like I have to be multitasking and eating was always feeling like something I had to squeeze in between folding laundry, playing with my kids, etc. What it always seems to come down to is basic self-care, making sure you eat, making sure you get to use the bathroom when you need to, all things I (and many other mothers) seem to struggle with daily. Mindful eating just goes a bit deeper, giving yourself the time to eat properly, and it truly does make a difference.

The science behind mindful eating: 

  • it takes about 20 minutes after eating for your brain to register satiety (fullness)
  • mindful eating enhances satiation
  • mindful eating can improve immune function
  • it can improve digestion
  • improves gut health, mind function, and lower stress

 

Tips for mindful eating:

  • use your non-dominant hand
  • do NOT multi-task while you are eating
  • use smaller plates and a larger cup for water
  • choose some soothing music to listen to while you eat
  • engage in conversation between bites
  • chew eat bit 20 times
  • close your eyes while you chew, to allow yourself to focus on the food

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Let me know if you guys try this and what you think! It has been life changing for me. I try to eat this way for breakfast or lunch. I am working up to doing it every meal, everyday, but it’s practice! I definitely feel a lot better when I allow myself the time to eat mindfully, and it is soooo worth it!

I also need to say that I have loved hearing from those of you who have been trying out mindfulness, keep the emails coming! I love hearing about your experiences, thoughts, and ideas. I would appreciate hearing more about what you guys want to hear/learn about on the next #mindfulmonday 🙂

xx, Chels