“Mindful eating is an experience that engages all parts of us, our body, our heart and our mind, in choosing, preparing and eating food. It involves all the senses, and immerses us in the colors, textures, scents, tastes and even sounds of eating and drinking.
“Mindful eating is directed by your own inner experiences, moment by moment. Your experience is unique. Therefore you are the expert.
“Mindful eating replaces self-criticism with self-nurturing. it replaces shame with respect for your own inner wisdom.”
–from MINDFUL EATING by Jan Chozen Bays, MD
I’ve been teaching an undergraduate MINDFUL EATING class at UVM for several years, and I’m inspired by the enthusiasm of my students to offer MINDFUL EATING workshops to the community.
- to distinguish among different hungers — for example, between eye hunger and stomach hunger
- to listen to your body’s signals of hunger and fullness
- to recognize and take care of feelings instead of stuffing them
- to slow down, savor and truly enjoy your food
- to respond to cravings with mindfulness
- to bring more loving-kindness and compassion to your relationship with your body and your eating
- to be more Grateful for the gift of food, and for the gift of Life
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