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Our mind is a powerful tool. Due to this, we can function, think, store and retain moments, memory, habits, behavior, and so on. Thus, many doctors, as well as psychologists, focus on cognition (mind) to transform an individualâ€™s life. Mindfulness means being in the present moment instead of dwelling on the past life experiences (positive and negative moments) or predicting and worrying about the future. Furthermore, Mindfulness refers to viewing oneself without judgment and criticism; instead, mindfulness focuses on being compassionate towards self and other individuals.Â In other words, in todayâ€™s era, we are preoccupied with our past mistakes, experiences, and moments as well as future desires, aspirations, dreams, and passion rather than enjoying the here and now (present moment). Furthermore, we are all stuck in the rat race, i.e. we are either running behind the future or stuck in the past; Therefore, we forget to live our lives to the fullest in the present time.
Mindful eating is one of the best ways to rediscover the most pleasurable form of consuming food, we can do as a human being. Further, it helps to uncover many diverse activities going on within our own body when we eat, including reconnecting and being one with our food. Along with eating mindfully, we are indulging in the present, i.e. we relate to the food rather than the surrounding. Moreover, mindful eating is not directed by charts, tables, pyramids, or scales or by an expert dietician. Instead, it is dictated by our own inner experiences, lifestyle and living situation. Each one of us will have a unique mindful eating experience and habit. Thus, we are our own experts.Â Additionally, as we eat mindfully, we replace self-criticism with self-nurturing, anxiety with curiosity, and shame with respect for our own inner growth and healthy living.
Nowadays, you may do one of the following activities or tasks whilst consuming food: watching television/laptop/iPad/phone, having a conversation with other individuals, reading a book, and/ or listening to music rather than focusing on the food which is in front of you. Moreover, many a time you may eat to drown your emotions, or you may treat your food as a need (task) rather than enjoying it.
Further, the important element while eating mindfully is to be aware (awareness). For instance, as we indulge in different activities while eating, we may consume an entire meal, an entire carton of ice cream, an entire bowl of sweets, and not taste more than a bite or two. As we donâ€™t taste, we will end up being stuffed and feeling bloated, at the same time, we will feel unsatisfied. Moreover, the mind-body (hand and mouth) connection is absent, as we are not tasting or enjoying our food as we eat.Â Our stomach may be full as we consume food, but our mind and mouth are not satisfied. Thus, we may keep on eating, even though we are not hungry or full. Whereas, when we eat mindfully, we pay close attention and enjoy the color, look, texture, smell as well as the feel of the food. Therefore, we may consume a small portion of food in mindful (peaceful) eating state and still feel content, full and satisfied. Hence, mindful eating has the unexpected benefit of helping us not only to tap into our bodyâ€™s inner wisdom but also our heartâ€™s natural capacity for gratitude and openness towards different aspects of our life.
Therefore, we should be mindful before eating anything. While eating, we must keep our cell phones, laptops aside as it distracts us from eating. We should love the food! its taste! it is every bite! If a person eats something while watching television, he might eat more than he needed. While eating, our concentration should be only on food! Not on any gossip, not on any digital device. Mindful eating helps a person in losing weight. We must all get aware of mindful eating as it is very important for our good health and we all know, health is wealth.Â
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