“Mindful Eating” it’s based on the Buddhist concept of Mindfulness, which involves being fully aware of what is happening within and around you at the moment. Mindfulness techniques have also been offered to relieve stress and alleviate problems like high blood pressure and chronic gastrointestinal difficulties.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice of “being completely aware of what’s happening in the present”—of all that’s going on inside and all that’s happening around you. It means not living your life on “autopilot.” Instead, you live your life “consciously in the present” in order to experience life as it unfolds moment to moment, good and bad, and without judgment or preconceived notions 6). “Many of us go through our lives without really being present in the moment,” being present in the now is the fundamental aspect of the spiritual practice to life and living.
As you start to learn how to be more mindful, it’s common and normal to realize how much your mind races and focuses on the past and future. You can just notice those thoughts and then return to the present moment. It is these little, regular steps that add up and start to create a more mindful, healthy life.
The simple techniques involved in mindful eating—eating without watching the TV or computer, eating in silence, chewing slowly, taking breaths between bites—can help us focus more on what we are choosing to put into our bodies, and why?
The Mind–Gut connection
Digestion involves a complex series of hormonal signals between the gut and the nervous system, and it seems to take about 20 minutes for the brain to register satiety (fullness). If someone eats too quickly, satiety may occur after overeating instead of putting a stop to it. There’s also reason to believe that eating while we’re distracted by activities like driving or typing may slow down or stop digestion like how the “fight or flight” response does. And if we’re not digesting well, we may be missing out on the full nutritive value of some of the food we’re consuming.
When you eat mindfully, you slow down the process of eating, turn off autopilot, and focus on the present moment. Increasing your awareness of the present moment helps you become more conscious of your food choices and requires you to use all five of your senses. This helps you truly taste and enjoy your food – without stuffing yourself. When you eat mindfully, it also makes you more aware of your body’s cues that tell you how hungry or full you are 11).
The workshop is an hour presentation for $95 – great for Corporate events and Privet gatherings. It is fun, interactive presentation and it provides samples of healthy snacks to try for the attendees.
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