What is Mindful Eating?

In a 2011-2012 survey 68.5% of adults in the U.S. have excess weight, 34.9% were affected by obesity, and 6.4% had severe or morbid obesity.

Mindful Eating Strategies
Take five deep breathes prior to each meal.
Sit down while eating.
Place your food on an attractive plate or bowl.
Eat slowly and taste each bite.
Take small bites.
Honor your hunger cues, and do not fear hunger.
Pay attention to fullness cues.
Once you begin to feel satisfied stop eating.
Eat without distraction.
Sip warm tea or water prior to a meal to calm your body.
Carry foods with you that you like and that support your health in the event that you become hungry when you are out.

    Mindful eating is:
  • Eating food in a way that promotes respect to your body
  • Being in the moment while eating, and acknowledging your personal likes and dislikes
  • Becoming aware of physical hunger and fullness cues to guide your eating choices
  • Without judgment, selecting food that is satisfying to you and nourishing to your body
    A person who eats mindfully
  • Savors each eating experience
  • Is aware of how certain foods feel in their body and makes food choices that support their health and well being
  • Pracices mindfullness to promote balance and acceptance of themselves as they are today
    Principals of mindfulness:
  • Deliberately paying attention to the present moment
  • Being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations without judgment
  • Paying attention to the internal and external cues in the moment they are occurring

Height & Body Weight = BMI (Body Mass Index)
*Obesity was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013