In this short video psychologist Dr Isabelle Hung guides you through a mindful eating exercise with a raisin. Mindful eating is maintaining an in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body. It involves paying full attention to how what you place into your mouth makes you feel and the signals your body sends about taste, satisfaction, and fullness. Mindful eating requires you to simply acknowledge and accept rather than judge the feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations you experience and observe.
Eating mindfully helps to:
- Slow down, take a break from your busy work schedule and in turn reduce stress levels.
- Examine and alter your relationship with food—helping you to notice when you turn to food for reasons other than hunger, such as boredom or sadness.
- Derive greater fulfilment from the food you consume, as you learn to slow down and fully appreciate your meals and snacks.
- Make healthier choices about what you eat by focusing on how each type of food makes you feel after eating it.
- Improve your digestion by eating slower.
- Feel fuller sooner, enabling you to cut down the amount of food and indeed calories you get through.
- Make a stronger connection to where the food you eat comes from, including how it’s produced and the journey it’s taken to get to your plate.
- Eat in a healthier, more balanced way.
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