How do you meditate while eating? Slow down. Being mindful and paying attention to
the food you consume could help you eat healthier, with more appreciation and
intention. Learn how to make every meal a practice of awareness.
Focus on the Food
Mindfulness has become as buzzworthy as cold pressed coffee. One simple way to eat
healthier may be to simply be mindful when eating.
And guess what, mindful eating doesn’t mean dieting or restrictions. It’s about taking a
moment to take it in. There are a lot of methods out there, but we’ve simplified it for
Ponder: Before you eat, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Sometimes we think we’re
hungry when we’re actually thirsty or bored or stressed. 2 Check in, do you need
nourishment in the form of food or do you need something else?
Appraise: When your food is in front of you, take a moment. How does it look? How
does it smell? Do you really want it? Is it more than you need?
Slow: Slow down, like waaay down. Put your fork down between bites. Really chew
your food and taste it. Slowing down helps your brain catch up with your stomach.
Savor: Really enjoy your food. How does the texture feel in your mouth? What are all
the complex flavors you can taste? Take a moment to savor the satisfaction of each
Stop: Stop when you’re full. Sounds so obvious, right? But hey, cleaning your plate isn’t
necessary. By noticing when you’re full and stopping, you may avoid unnecessary
calories and indigestion.