How often do you just sit and eat ...
I mean without also trying to watch TV, work, walk, take a train somewhere, browse Google ...at the same time as eating.
We very rarely just sit and eat slowly - and truly enjoy our food. What does that mean? - Very often we eat very quickly, we eat whilst completely distracted by something else - and we miss all of the cues from our body that we are full (and end up eating a lot more than our bodies really need).
A study recently published by the British Medical Journal looked at the eating speed and weight of 60,000 people. The participants in the study were asked to report whether they ate quickly, at a normal speed or slowly. Those who ate at a normal speed were found to be 29% less likely to be obese and those who ate slowly were found to be 42% less likely to be obese than those who ate quickly.
So what does that tell us? Eating slowly and eating without any distractions can really help us to both control weight and enjoy food more.
This is why MINDFUL EATING is now becoming increasingly popular.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what Mindfulness is. For many people, just the word Mindfulness conjures up images of an Indian yogi sitting in lotus pose or a long-haired vegan man living in Bali. Many people assume that Mindfulness must be about – God, something religious, something spiritual. The idea of being more Mindful - sounds a bit alternative. Mindfulness must be all about sitting for hours meditating – thinking about nothing – just focusing on breathing. In a busy, stressful, demanding world - who even has the time to do nothing for hours on end?Now there is some truth in the stereotypical images that are conjured up when we think of the word Mindfulness. One way in which to learn how to lead a more Mindful life is by meditating – and one form of meditation is focusing on our breath – in order to train our minds/thoughts. However this is by no means the only way to be more Mindful...and indeed just meditating for 10 minutes every morning will not in itself make anyone more Mindful.