Mindful eating is no longer a secret!
If you’ve read about mindful eating in recent media articles, it’s likely that it left you “hungry” for more information on how to adopt this healthy, healing way of eating.
Mindful eating uses the ancient art of mindfulness, or being present, to help cope with modern eating problems. It’s not a diet. There are no menus or food restrictions. It is developing a new mindset around food.
The good news is that mindful eating can help many different types of eating issues. During the past 20 years, studies have found that mindful eating can help you to
- reduce overeating and binge eating
- lose weight and reduce your body mass index (BMI)
- cope with chronic eating problems such as anorexia and bulimia, and reduce anxious thoughts about food and your body
- improve the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Thus, it has many benefits!
Intuitively, it makes sense that mindful eating is helpful to overeaters. It slows you down, makes you more aware of portion sizes and helps you get out of negative, automatic food habits like overeating while watching your favorite TV show. So how does it also help people who have other problematic eating habits?