What is “mindful eating” as opposed to “regular eating?” Let’s start with the concept of Mindfulness. Mindfulness involves intentionally investing our attention in the present moment and paying attention “on purpose.” It’s a conscious direction of our awareness.
We might think of “awareness” as the same as “mindfulness,” but it’s not, really. We may be aware of being happy, or sad, but that wouldn’t mean we were being mindful of our happiness or sadness. In order to be mindful we have to be intentionally aware of ourselves, not just vaguely or randomly aware.
In regards to eating, this means that knowing that we are eating is not the same as eating mindfully. When we eat unmindfully, we might indeed be putting food in our mouths, but are we also watching TV? Reading? Discussing politics? Emoting about something? Doing all of these at once?
On the other hand, when purposefully, mindfully eating, we choose to be consciously aware of the process of eating. We deliberately notice tastes, feelings, sensations and our responses to those sensations. If we notice the mind wandering, which it does all too often, we can intentionally re-focus and bring it back.
Sounds a bit like meditation, doesn’t it?!
More to come!