Guest article in The Well. Read the full article in The Well here
Unlike dieting, mindful eating is a sustainable way to reach a healthy weight and enjoy the food you eat even more.
Pop quiz: Can you describe what you had for lunch yesterday?
Did you take more than 10 minutes to eat it?
Chances are slim that you answered “yes” to either of those questions. In our fast-paced days, taking time to eat “mindfully” feels like a luxury, not a necessity. That’s why most of us end up scarfing down a salad or sandwich while sitting in a meeting or in front of a screen. It also may explain why so many of us end up with heartburn, digestive problems and stubborn, excess weight.
To avoid those undesirable outcomes, it pays to try mindful eating — essentially, slowing down as we eat and truly taking stock of what we’re eating. Mindful eating delivers benefits to both our physical and mental health, and it’s not as difficult to put into practice as you might think.