Mindful meals

A recent presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting underscores the power and important health benefits of mindful or consciously-made food choices. As with more attentive control of momentary personal behavior in other domains, a variety of common mindfulness techniques have been shown in research to greatly improve the quality of our nutritional patterns, reducing unconscious and environmentally-stimulated eating habits. The presenting researchers offered a number of simple tips for healthier and more mindful meals: 1) use of smaller plates and food packages to encourage smaller meals and snacks, 2) intentionally slowed eating and new focus on stopping meals when internally full (rather than when food is externally consumed), 3) actively removing unhealthy foods from our environment that we do not want to eat, thereby requiring a conscious decision to pursue them, and 4) eating meals and snacks away from distractions such as television, increasing our ability to attend to, taste, and enjoy our food. Learn more about the presentation at Combating Mindless Eating and please send us your suggestions for more attentive, choice-based eating.

Photo courtesy of Tam Phonla Mai Ruam

  1. Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • HumanaNatura’s Free Calisthenics Workout Poster!

  • Healthy Natural Eating Made Easy With OurPlate!

  • Check Out Our Twenty Natural Eating Guidelines

  • How Ecologically Sustainable Is Your Family’s Daily Diet?

  • HN-100: Your Own Waiting Personal Health Revolution

  • Help Your Career Via HumanaNatura Certification!

  • Leaders Needed In Your Region, City & Local Community!

  • A Comprehensive System For Health & Fitness Centers

  • Natural Truth – Our Health Idea Rating Campaign

  • HN Marketplace: Shopping & Gifts That Support HumanaNatura

  • ARCHANATURA: OUR NATURAL DESIGN & tECHNOLOGY BLOG

  • > HumanaNatura’s Mark Lundegren

%d bloggers like this: