21 ways to make your meal more mindful

This is pretty much the opposite of mindful eating but a hilarious example of impulsive eating!

Seriously though, learning to eat more mindfully was a big step on my journey to love my body, treat it right, and end my tortured relationship with food.

Paying attention to what you eat and why can have a big impact but it doesn’t need to be hard.

Here are 21 simple ways to make your meal more mindful.

  1. Sit down
  2. Put your fork / spoon / chopsticks down between each bite
  3. Smell your food
  4. Don’t watch TV while you eat
  5. Don’t Tweet while you eat
  6. Don’t eat at your desk or computer
  7. In your head, describe the taste and texture of each mouthful
  8. Imagine where each ingredient has come from, imagine the tiny seeds sprouting and growing, taking in the sunshine + water, being harvested and then delivered to you
  9. Express deep heartfelt gratitude for the food you are about to eat
  10. Take a breath between each mouthful
  11. Time how long your meal took then try to take longer next time
  12. Repeat the mantra “My body takes all it needs and releases the rest”
  13. Create a beautiful table setting and admire it while you eat
  14. Use the fine china (even if you’re dining alone)
  15. Use quality ingredients and notice the difference
  16. Imagine you’re tasting everything for the first time
  17. Relax your face
  18. Repeat the mantra “I am eating now”
  19. Try a new ingredient or recipe
  20. Take a photo of your meal
  21. Enjoy it!

What about you? Got any simple steps for mindful eating? Share them in the comments below so I can add them to the arsenal.

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