Mindfulness is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindful eating is being conscious of your hunger cues, savoring your food, and knowing when you are satisfied with a meal. Practicing these steps can help you maintain a healthy relationship with the food you eat and avoid unhealthy patterns, like overeating due to distraction, stress, or sadness.
Hunger cues are the brain’s responses that communicate fullness. When your body needs food, signals are sent that tell you it is time to eat. When you have eaten enough and your body is satisfied, signals are sent that tell you to stop.
Food cues are words, feelings, logos, objects, smells, or sounds that spark the desire to consume certain foods or beverages – often without you even noticing.
Eating mindfully is a great way to bring awareness back to your internal hunger cues and to acknowledge what food cues may be negatively affecting your food choices.
Practice eating mindfully at one meal this week. Follow the tips outlined in the handout.