Get more from your food with mindful eating
Friday, 4 June · 2 min read

Do you find yourself gobbling down a meal in 5 minutes and not realising you’ve cleared your plate?

If the answer is yes, then you might benefit from practising mindful eating. This is when you make a conscious effort to be in the moment and take time to really pay attention to the food you're eating.

Mindful eating isn’t a diet – it’s a way of eating that can help you to slow down, savour your meals and enjoy the overall experience of eating.

As well as helping you to appreciate your food, it’s thought that eating mindfully may help relieve stress and anxiety, improve digestion, and encourage you to eat in a healthier and more balanced way.

To give mindful eating a go at your next meal, try to:

  • engage all your senses – what colour is the food? How does it smell? What does it taste like? What texture does it have in your mouth? What sound does it make when you bite or chew it?
  • put your cutlery down between mouthfuls – this will slow down your eating and help you realise when you’re full
  • chew each mouthful of food well – around 20 to 40 times to taste every ingredient and flavour
Quick Quiz
Mindful eating can be practised when eating any kind of food. True or false?