We often speak about healthy foods that we can incorporate into our diets, but allowing ourselves to indulge at times is also important. After all, healthy eating is about balance, variety, and moderation, not perfection! Slowing down and tuning in while eating allows you to enjoy your food more and to increase awareness of the signals your body is sending you. Building this awareness will help you to avoid overeating or eating mindlessly without appreciation or true enjoyment. The more you can focus on, and enjoy, the smells, textures, and flavors in your food, the more satisfied you will feel!
At your next meal or snack, try limiting distractions and putting your fork or spoon (or sandwich or cookie!) down between each bite to taste, chew, and swallow before starting your next bite. What do you notice?
If you would like to learn more about integrating mindful eating techniques into your daily life, get in touch with our nutrition team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.786.6079