In part one of this three-part series, we talked about the benefits of cultivating a mindfulness habit and specifically how to incorporate mindfulness into movement and everyday activities. Read part one HERE.
Mindful and intuitive eating practices can help stabilize food behaviors and improve your relationship with food and your body.
Let’s explore the benefits and practice of both “Mindful Eating” and “Intuitive Eating” as ways to bring harmony to your relationship with food and your body.
Eating mindfully means paying attention to your actual eating experience without judgment. This practice can help you become aware of the reasons behind your hunger or why you’re searching through the cabinets.
- Are there emotions you’re avoiding?
- Is your pantry lacking in nutritious food?
- Are you bored?
- Are family or cultural traditions guiding your choices?
- Does your schedule make it difficult to eat healthily?
Mindful eating helps you become aware of and take control of your eating habits.
Intuitive eating expands beyond mindful eating, and connects the mind, body, and food while strengthening the relationship among all three elements. This approach includes respecting your body regardless of how you feel about its shape. No body shaming! When you practice intuitive eating, you eat for physical reasons rather than emotional reasons. You can rely on internal hunger and satiety cues to guide when, what, and how much you eat.
Mindful and intuitive eating practices are especially important for those who have suffered or are suffering from disordered eating patterns or who feel like food