Mindful eating can also be described as
Replacing Mindful with any of these words, like Careful Eating, or Knowledgeable Eating, or how about Vigilant Eating would imply to the following when eating.
Eat like a connoisseur of food and smell, savor, and see the color and texture of every bit you take. Make sure when you are eating that you are sedentary, always sitting, and avoid standing up, and don’t stand in front of the fridge and eat. That is not Respectful Eating.
Set your table with your fine China, crystal, and silverware. Or at least something graceful and pleasing to plate your food, doing so will make your meal feel special. Avoid the colors red and yellow. They have an effect on your emotions causing you to want more food. That would be Knowledgeable Eating.
Always remember the purpose of eating is to enjoy what you’re eating, and not to eat just to fill a void.
Don’t multitask. Focus on what you are eating, that’s practicing Observant Eating.
Turn the television off, as well as the cell phone. Research as indicated that watching TV while eating prompts mindless eating, and not Vigilant Eating.
Practice putting your fork down between bites, this will allow you to chew your food more. The fork in hand would only signal to put more food in your mouth before you have swallowed what is already there. Putting your fork down between bits would be Watchful Eating.
Rate your hunger before you eat. Using a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not so hungry and 10 being very hungry will help you to avoid emotional eating. That would be Cautious Eating.
Stay hydrated as thirst can impersonate hunger. That would be Apprehensive Eating.
If you’re the cook enjoy the process of preparing food in place of rushing through it. If you’re not a cook, get in the kitchen and help, and enjoy the feeling of preparing great food.
Be mentally present, in the moment, as it were, while you’re dicing, shredding, grating or chopping the food.
Breath in the aroma of what you are cooking. Notice how cooking can relieve stress. That would be practicing Solicitous Eating.
Try new foods and get out of the mindless eating pothole, trench, and furrow. That would be Cognizant Eating.
Wary Eating shows a suspicious attitude to junk food, fad diets or yo-yo dieting.
A person who practices Conversant Eating knows or remembers from experience why they have changed their bad eating habits to healthy eating.
Those who practice Conscious Eating fully appreciate the importance of a healthy diet that includes complex carbohydrates, good fats, and protein.
If you practice Careful Eating then you are paying close attention to accuracy and details of Mindful Eating.
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