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VIDEO: How To Be More Mindful (Part 4)

It's really easy to see eating as a chore, or to not really think about it at all. But one simple trick can help you both enjoy your food more and make you healthier!
by Carrie M. King | Jun 20 2017

Here’s the final instalment of our video series on how to be more mindful. We’ve looked at how to calm down your racing brain, how to better manage pain, and how to stay in the moment by focusing on your breath. This final video is all about how to munch mindfully.

In our distracted world, it’s easy to nosh away on junk food while binging on the latest Netflix must-see. We’re so used to rushing around that taking the time to sit and appreciate how we’re nourishing our bodies just doesn’t occur to us. But spending a little time with your food can be good for your overall health, and we’re about to tell you why. Ready for our final tip?

Meditation-Free Mindfulness Tip #4: Focus on your food.

The next time you eat, try to actively focus on your food and nothing else. Savor the smell, flavor, texture, and look of your food. Pro-tip: When you’re trying to learn to eat mindfully, start small!

The next time you grab a handful of nuts, a cookie, or have your morning coffee, take your time to appreciate it and really notice what you’re consuming instead of just inhaling it. Eating mindfully not only helps you to enjoy your food more, but makes you more aware of how you’re feeling, helps you recognize when you’re full, and whether the food that you’re eating really makes you feel good. Because mindful eating makes you eat more slowly, you also tend to end up eating less. Paying attention to our food and our bodies helps us to reconnect with the natural physical signals that we often lose touch with in adulthood.

This meditation-free mindfulness tip comes from Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung. The Blinkist app allows you to get the key insights from bestselling non-fiction books in 15 minutes or fewer. With over 2,000 titles centred on self-optimization and personal growth, there’s no limit to what you can learn with the app. It also has an audio function so you can listen to key ideas from books when you’re on-the-go. Download the app now and learn any number of great new things, including how to make the most of your meals.

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