One of the skills you develop as you become a mindful eater is learning to identify when you are truly hungry and when you want to eat just because it’s meal time. As it turns out, you don’t have to eat just because it’s lunch time.
Little did you know when you heard the classic childhood story “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” that you were getting you first lesson in mindful eating.
By giving thanks, we become more aware of the food we are about to eat. When we are aware, we taste more, get more satisfaction, and often eat less. Let the feelings of gratitude fill you up, and then notice if feeling grateful affects your eating.
Mindfulness is like Election Day, because with mindfulness we get to choose too. We choose where to put our attention. We choose to follow our breath or our thoughts. We choose to eat mindfully or mindlessly.
If you love sweets, you might have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. Being surrounded by so much candy can tax even the strongest willpower. Fortunately, mindful eating is not about willpower–it is about awareness and choice.
Have you noticed that when you are travelling, you pay more attention to the environment? Truth be told, we are surrounded by natural beauty every day, which we either take for granted or simply ignore.