When your appetite begins to normalize after quitting, you can relive and appreciate your favorite foods. Mindful eating is a technique that draws your attention to the aroma, texture, taste, seasoning, and preparation of your meal. Focusing on these properties can help make food taste better, reduce the risk of overeating, and help you maintain healthier eating habits.
Mindful eating is a simple and therapeutic practice to use with your next meal. All it takes is a little preparation and time. When you sit down to eat, turn off your electronics and focus your attention on the food in front of you. Sit at the table and take a moment to breathe calmly and relax. Now comes the fun part: close your eyes and take your first bite; Know its taste, texture and temperature and really analyze the flavors, spices and ingredients. Before you finish, ask yourself, “Am I still hungry?”
With this last question you can analyze for yourself whether your body really craves food or whether your hunger comes from elsewhere (stress, boredom, oral restraint). Try to practice some mindful eating this Monday; It’s much tastier than counting calories.