The current bad habits of life are responsible for most of the diseases that affect us today, therefore, a new current called mindfoodness or mindful eating tries to help us improve the way we eat. Today we tell you what it is and how it can benefit your health this type of feeding.
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What is mindful eating?
In social networks this type of diet is known as mindfoodness, a term derived from mindfulness which is the ability to pay full attention to the present moment. I mean, it would be the mindfulness applied to eating to achieve the ability to pay attention to what we eat.
According to the psychologist-psychotherapist Alejandro Camacho Alpuente, the mindfoodnes it implies relate to food through mindfulness or mindfulness. It also implies a new relationship with ourselves, because due to the emotional component that exists in many ways of eating and which in turn leads to many problems with eating, the mindfulness it could be a very good tool in the field of food health.
In short, the mindfoodness or mindful eating seeks to improve the way we relate to food working in the mental and emotional sphere especially. It is not a particular diet or a resource to lose weight, but it is a way of feeding ourselves whose ultimate goal is to improve the way we eat.
How Conscious Eating Can Benefit Your Health
If we stop to think about the way we eat easily, we will realize how much our diet would change if we try to make it more conscious, be more attentive when eating.
At present, the rhythm of life that we lead pushes us to eat in a hurry, without registering mostly what enters our mouth and many times, without asking ourselves about what we are putting into our body or if we really are hungry and want to eat .
But mindfoodness or conscious eating tries to develop in us the opposite behavior, that is, promotes self-control and self-knowledge, rescuing internal signals that we have forgotten and making current eating more “rational” and less automatic.
In this way, conscious eating can help us prevent obesity, as it helps us eat out of necessity by controlling intakes due to emotions or external factors as well as other harmful behaviors such as binge eating, according to a study published in Obesity Reviews.
In the same way, to improve the relationship with food and thus, promote a healthy eating behavior, conscious eating or mindfoodness can contribute to the prevention of different eating disorders, as an investigation published in Eating Disorders concludes.
Mindfoodness or conscious eating seeks to teach us to respect internal signals without leaving aside the pleasure that food can provide in order to encourage a healthier relationship with food
Better self-control when eating can offer more benefits to our diet and therefore, to the health of the body, such as: reduce cravings and temptations or eating for stimuli unrelated to the real need for food as a study published in 2010 has concluded, or also, optimize portion sizes of food eaten as Canadian and Australian scientists point out.
Conscious eating then aims to develop in us the ability to adjust as much as possible what we eat to the needs of the body, without avoiding those pleasant moments related to eating.
For all these reasons, a more conscious diet can prevent harmful behaviors when eating that, over time, damage health.
How to put mindfoodness into practice
To achieve a more conscious diet or to implement the mindfoodness, a comprehensive approach is required not only from the hand of nutrition professionals, since it requires cognitive, behavioral and emotional training that allows us greater self-knowledge and the achievement of self-control when eating.
Thus, it requires professional support and the implementation of a series of exercises that help us to make internal signals more aware and control external ones. For example: we learn to differentiate physiological hunger from psychological hunger, to enjoy a pleasant snack and to recognize satiety in our body.
It is not something that we will achieve overnight, but over time it is possible to achieve a more balanced diet and a healthy relationship with food that allows us to enjoy food and get away from diseases caused by bad eating habits.
Among the resources used to achieve a mindful eating that from now on you can put into practice we find the daily food record, always sitting down to eat and doing it without distractions (television, music or computer), chewing each bite and eating more slowly.
Consulted bibliography | Obesity Reviews, Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2014, Pages 453–461; Eating Disorders, Volume 19, 2010, Issue 1; Appetite, Volume 55, Issue 1, August 2010, Pages 160–163; Journal of Health Psychology, Vol 19, Issue 6, 2014.
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