What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating

Mindful eating is a solution to the problem of mindless eating, which can lead to overeating and health issues.

What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating is the practice of fully experiencing the present moment while eating, connecting with our bodies and making conscious food choices.

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Mindful eating is a way to rediscover the joys of our inner nutritionist and create a healthy body and mind by being conscious of the food we eat and how we feel about it.

Mindful eating or intuitive eating?

Mindful eating and intuitive eating are approaches to nutrition that focus on listening to your body’s needs and responding to them in a healthy way, with mindful eating being a practice of paying attention to food and eating habits without judgment or distraction, and intuitive eating being a broader philosophy that involves trusting your body's signals and letting go of rigid diet rules.

Benefits of mindful eating

Mindful eating has numerous benefits for physical, emotional, and mental health, and can be easily incorporated into daily life.

Better digestion

Mindful eating involves chewing food thoroughly and eating slowly to aid digestion and reduce digestive issues, while also promoting relaxation and rest.

Weight control

Eating mindfully helps us listen to our body's signals of hunger and fullness, preventing overeating and reducing appetite.

Increased awareness of food choices

Practicing mindful eating increases awareness of how food affects our energy levels and helps us make healthier choices.

Enhanced enjoyment of food

Mindful eating enhances the enjoyment and appreciation of food, leading to greater satisfaction and a healthier relationship with eating.

Reduced stress and anxiety

Eating mindfully can provide a calming and grounding experience, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, especially for emotional or stress-related eating.

How to practice mindful eating

Mindful eating requires practice to develop presence and attention during meals, and the hunger scale can be a helpful technique.

Hunger scale

The hunger scale is a method used to measure hunger levels before and after eating, aiming for a level of 3-4 before meals and stopping at a fullness level of 6-7.

Here are additional tips and techniques for practicing mindful eating:

Allocate dedicated time for meals, create a calm environment, engage all senses, chew slowly, avoid distractions, express gratitude, practice portion control, and develop a positive relationship with food through mindful eating.


Mindful eating