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Introduction to Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating Is

  • Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
  • Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.   
  • Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
  • Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

Benefits of Mindful Eating

  • Reconnect to innate wisdom about hunger and satiety
  • Offers the possibility of freeing yourself from reactive patterns around food and eating
  • Nourishes not only the body but the heart
  • Empowers you to make healthier choices, unlike dieting, which can lead to feelings of deprivation
  • Brings awareness of your relationship with other people and beings
  • Shifts locus of control from external authorities to your body's inner wisdom

Someone Who Eats Mindfully

  • Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
  • Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
  • Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
  • Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well being.
  • Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their food choices on those systems

Learn more

The Center for Mindful Eating has a wealth of resources for people wishing to learn about mindful eating and begin a mindful eating practice. 

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      Columbia, MO 65205

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