Eating well has been an issue for centuries. Epictetus wrote, "Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent." (Easy for Epictetus to say; his time didn't have the bazillions of junk food temptations we do now.)
Mindfulness is being attentive to the present moment, neither looking forward or back. It is seeing things as they are without judgment. Mindfulness allows people to realize the connection between the life within, and the life without.
Eating mindfully is one way to maintain a more nutritious diet. How does that work? It makes it possible for people to accept any problems they have with food. Simultaneously, it is a technique for breaking average or below eating habits. Eating well helps our body and mind stay in balance, making us more effective in daily life.
Benefits of Eating Mindfully
- You will develop an awareness of how your food choices impact the Earth and other life. Everything is connected, including what we put in our mouths.
- You will become clear about the consequences of an unhealthy diet, and this helps develop and keep the mindful eating habit.
- You will become acutely aware of the link between eating, a healthy body, and your well being.
- You will cease to judge yourself or others about their eating habits as each person’s relationship with food is something unique. The only “rule” for mindful eating is being attentive to your own culinary practices.
- You develop a long-term view about what you choose to swallow, weighing the short-term enjoyment of junk with the long-term benefits of nutritious foods.
- You cultivate the habit of thinking about food, and consuming it, on a moment to moment basis.
It Isn’t a Chore
Although being responsible for what you eat sounds like a chore, most people who practice gastronomic mindfulness find it simple and effective. It helps them feel good and enjoy life more. Who doesn’t want that?
More reasons to eat with mindfulness:
- It awakens curiosity about new textures and flavors.
- Self-esteem rises when you choose food wisely.
- The habit of eating when you’re hungry, and stopping before you are stuffed.
- Enjoying a bit of chocolate, or other favorite delight, without judgment and guilt.
- It is easier to stay clear of problem foods, and to sample less healthy but delicious foods in small, more harmless portions.
To emphasize the significance of eating well, here is a quote from an anonymous monk who said, "If you want a quick way to see how people relate to God, watch the way they eat." Kind of makes you stop and think.