Well…Yes! The foundational skill of my TAME Your Appetite program (and the MB-EAT research upon which it is based) is meditation. You may be familiar with intuitive eating, which emphasizes learning to understand and trust your body. Mindful eating asks you to do the same thing and helps you do that by building your meditation skills. The big difference between intuitive eating and mindful eating (the way I teach it) is meditation.
The reason meditation is the first step to mindful eating is so you can begin the process of transforming your relationship with food by going inward. Meditation shows you how to connect to your body and mind in a way you may have never done before. By going inward, you will be developing the skills of Inner Wisdom, including Mindful Hunger, Mindful Fullness and Mindful Satisfaction. Being able to focus on what is going on with your body and mind is essential to becoming a mindful eater. In addition, meditation has a calming effect. When you feel calmer you will have the capacity to make better choices and to eat less emotionally. Both of which will help with your weight loss goals.
So, yes, you do have to meditate if you want to be a mindful eater. Give it a whirl, and let me know how it goes.
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