Being Meal Mindful

“Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite." - Susan Albers

Do you eat quickly? Do you shovel your food in your mouth with out hardly tasting it? This kind of quick feeding when you eat will increase your risk of gaining excess fat, encourage you to over eat, create digestion problems and give you less satisfaction from your meals. Losing weight and being healthy is more than just eating the right things at the right times. Healthy living also includes the manner in which you do everything in your life including how you eat.

When you stop and focus your mind on the task at hand like eating, your mind is able to find wonderful things in our experience. Remember, we only experience joy in our moments. But when we rush and only focus on getting something done or completed, then we miss the opportunity to feel all that we can feel in those moments. 

The joy of eating can be incredible, and we can enhance this satisfaction if we apply a bit of mindfulness.  When we do, our relationship to food starts to change. This leads to a heightened experience but more importantly we tend to more easily make better choices. 

But even if our choices are the same or similar, if we eat mindfully and take our time, chewing and really trying to meditatively eat, then our satisfaction and appetites become more controllable. We literally feel more satisfied with less food. 

I have always been a slow eater my whole life. As a matter of fact I have had many instances where ex-wives, clients and friends would comment on how slow I eat and criticize me. But I have never had issues with portion sizes and eating too much. Actually, because of the way I eat my appetite doesn’t match my size and I typically have to force feed. I never over eat. 

Be meal mindful and watch how this can help you find greater satisfaction and connection with your eating lifestyle. It will help you develop a relationship around food that is centered on encouraging your wellbeing. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.