Ever since the beginning of life form, food has been a significant part of development. More than just a source of energy, it also has emotional values attached to it. It connects people’s hearts. Every celebration, every gathering is incomplete without food, yet we are unaware of the right food practices; we are running away from it, putting it behind bars and blaming it for our health conditions.
Food gives nutrition, and the right food practices make our body absorb that nutrition. Mindful eating puts our focus back to the menu and our traditions. Instead of suggesting sorts of diets, it encourages a meditation practice, mindfulness. A Buddhist concept, mindful eating, makes you aware of your emotions, cravings, and physical sensations. It helps in treating eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and food-related behaviors.
In today’s life, when everything is moving so fast, food is also being rushed. Most of us eat while watching TV or using a smartphone or immersed in a book. We’re always distracted from our food and the feelings associated with it.
According to science, it takes our brain around 20 minutes to realize we’re full. Most of us don’t give our bodies that much time. Rushing our food in the mouth and distractions result in overeating, which can lead to obesity.
Finding entertainment in social media, we have forgotten the pleasure of eating our meal with complete attention.
Mindful eating is not a diet. It just asks us to simply present while cooking or eating and feel the food without any prior judgments, guilt, or opinions. It makes us aware of what we’re putting in our mouth, the efforts behind it, and sends proper signals to the brain of our appetite and feeling of fullness, preventing overeating. Instead of making us spend time thinking about body weight, or “healthy food,” it naturally guides us to our natural weight, the weight which is right for us.
By focusing on the processes and the act of eating, we can transform our relationship with food, which means we have a better chance of understanding how different foods affect us, which foods nourish us and the demands of the body. Noticing the feelings, the breath, returns our body to a resting state, aiding digestion.
Diet cultures are asking people to fit into specific measurements that have existed for years and are still prevalent. Nobody, howsoever healthy, is comfortable in their own body. People always want more. They always want what they see. Magazines glorifying plastic models and selling their “easy” weight gain/loss products produce and heightens people’s insecurity about their body.
Food is no ‘trick’ or ‘treat.’ Food is not and should not be a milestone to achieve. Setting boundaries around particular food and resisting them increases our craving for them, resulting in a “treat” during a rough patch, aka emotional eating.
Mindful eating encourages us to appreciate the food on the table, the hands that worked to get it there, the land from where they arise, the winds, the rains, and fills us with gratitude. It increases our sensations of recognition of hunger and fullness. It gives us time to recognize emotional triggers that make us want to eat and respond to them effectively, reducing the chances of indulging in emotional eating. We all have days when we slip out and find ourselves indulged in emotional eating. At those times, we have to be a little kind and less judgmental to ourselves.
Mindful eating teaches us to be non-judgmental towards our food and being aware of our physical cues and thoughts around food.
“Health Click Away” promotes mindful eating to help people find the right weight for themselves. We believe in enjoying the food in its whole form and removing age-old myths around it. We help people track their water and calorie intake, being mindful of the portion size, and never having to starve themselves again.
“With the HealthClickAway, it’s never too late to follow your dreams”- Ruchika Gupta (CEO, Health Click Away).