Mindfulness eating habits play a major role not only on our health but on our mind too, it affects our mood largely. As you become more aware of your diet and your awareness of it, you will come to realize how often you are eating habits are not related to physical hunger, and all that is involved in satisfying your emotional need.
As you sit down to eat, ask yourself, 'Why am I really hungry?' Are you craving that “little thing you can hold” because you are truly hungry or for some other reason? Filling yourself and filling yourself with food can help hide what you are hungry for, but only for a short time. Then real hunger or need will come back.
Whether you know it or not, eating is a very important part of your life. It can affect how you feel physically, how you react emotionally, and how you control your mind. It can increase your energy and vision or it can take away your resources and make you feel lazy, hot-tempered, and exhausted.
However, if you just knew the “rules” of a healthy diet were not enough, none of us would be overweight or obsessed with junk food. If you eat sensibly and get used to your body, however, you may begin to feel how different foods affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The benefits of a balanced diet
By observing how you feel as you eat - the texture and taste of each month, your appetite, and the symptoms of fullness, how different foods affect your energy and emotions - you can learn to taste your food and eating experience. Remembering the foods you eat can promote better digestion, keep you full of less food, and contribute to wise choices about what to eat next. It can also help you to break free from unhealthy habits around food and drink.
Eating carefully can help you:
- Slow down and take a break from the hustle and bustle of your day, reducing stress and anxiety.
- Examine and change your relationship with food - it helps you, for example, to see when you turn to food for non-hunger reasons.
- Find great pleasure in the food you eat, as you learn to slow down and fully appreciate your food and snacks.
- Make healthy decisions about what you eat by focusing on how each type of food makes you feel after eating.
- Improve your digestion by eating less.
- Feel full and quick to eat small meals.
For example, you may find that eating carbohydrates makes you feel heavier and depressed for hours. Therefore, a heavy carb diet becomes something you try to avoid.
The only way to truly know how different foods and food combinations will affect you is to try to make a mistake. Think of it as deciding whether to take a particular vitamin supplement or not. The way you feel when you take a vitamin or supplement will tell you whether your body needs it or not.