Have you ever observed how a child experience the first taste of a new food? That sense of curiosity and exploration? This gives you a snippet of mindful eating.
As a dietitian, it is not just about the nutrients that Shirley may discuss with her clients. The way we think about food, our relationship with food is something that directly impacts on eating behavioural change.
On a personal level, Shirley practices meditation regularly for her own health benefits. Shirley went through a major life changing experience, and through this personal experience of meditation, she finds that it helps her enormously in all aspects of her life.
In short, mindful eating is a skill that everyone can learn to develop a more enjoyable and positive experience with food. Food is no longer the 'enemy' and there is no more internal battle with food. Mindful eating also helps to abolish all kind of 'food rules' - whether these rules are self-imposed or imposed by someone else.
We can work together to help you identify strategies that help you establish that positive, relaxed and flexible relationship with food.
Mindful eating and meditation is a practice, therefore it will take time to establish. Once established, you can regain control of your thinking and regain a more relaxed eating style.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation.