A definition of mindful eating is “eating with awareness of your body’s needs and preferences.” Let’s focus on the word “awareness.”
For many of us who want to manage our weight, emotions are our enemy. We eat in response to feelings, or as an attempt to avoid them.
Mindful choices means being aware of what you (and your body) might want to eat when you are physically hungry, and choosing accordingly.
The primary tool in mindful eating is meditation. By meditating, you cultivate attention and awareness, which increases your ability to stay focused.
If mindful eating is about awareness, then mindful hunger is about being aware of your hunger. It’s about noticing when you are hungry.