In today’s fast-paced society, we tend to be overwhelmed with an abundance of food choices that we consume mindlessly and often too quickly. When was the last time you ate a meal without being on your phone, watching tv or reading a book? These are all distractions that can cause you to eat on autopilot, ignoring your hunger cues not appreciating the meal.
What is mindful eating?
The Buddhist concept of mindfulness, helps you to recognise and cope with your emotions and physical sensations and is used to treat disorders like depression, anxiety and eating disorders. When combined with eating, it helps to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings and physical cues when consuming a meal. Ultimately, it helps you to enjoy your food more and only eat what your body actually needs.
How do you eat mindfully?
- Eat slowly and without distraction
- Listen to physical hunger cues and only eat until you’re full
- Distinguish between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating
- Engage your sense by noticing colours, smells, sounds, textures and flavours
- Learn to cope with guilt and anxiety about food
- Eat to maintain overall health and well-being
- Notice the effects food has on your feelings
- Appreciate your food
Why try mindful eating?
Because your brain takes up to 20 minutes to realise you’re full, if you eat too fast, the signal to stop eating will come after you’ve already eaten too much. When you choose to eat mindfully, you restore attention back to your food and make it an intentional act instead of an automatic one. Once you begin to do this you’ll notice your eating habits change as you’re more likely to notice hunger signals, giving you time to respond to them.
Why choose a healthy meal delivery service?
A healthy ready meal delivery service will provide you with nutritionally balanced meals that intend to make you feel good. If you choose to have your meals delivered straight to your door or to your office, you’ll be able to implement mindful eating in your lunchtimes.
A busy day at work can often make you forget to take time to enjoy a nutritious meal that will recharge you for the afternoon. Research has shown that a few moments of mindfulness every day can help improve mental clarity and productivity in the workplace. So taking the time to eat mindfully will give you a chance to reset and recharge for the rest of the day.
POW Food is a meal delivery service providing healthy work from home meals nationwide. Our meals are designed with nutritionists to help improve mental and physical performance so you can focus on your productivity at work. In recognition of our impact-driven, healthy meals, we were awarded Best Healthy Food Catering Service at the Greater London Enterprise Awards 2021. If you want to incorporate healthy and mindful eating into your daily routine, POW Food offers virtual canteen and on-site services, working from home meals and home meal delivery. To find out more visit our website.