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When you hear the words “mindful eating,” it simply means that you are being mindful as to what you are eating. You are paying attention to what you eat, when you eat, and how you are feeling as you eat. If you simply grab some food and eat without thinking, that is not mindful eating. Whether you are suffering from an eating disorder or not, mindful eating has benefits. Learning to understand our emotions, acknowledge our feelings, and recognize our patterns is helpful for many different areas of life. 

Understanding Our Emotions

An important aspect of mindful eating is paying attention to how you feel as you are eating. Whether you are battling an eating disorder or not, this can be a really helpful exercise. Learning to understand our emotions and feelings can be beneficial whether you are struggling with mental health issues or addictions or not. How another person responds to a situation will probably be different than how you respond. Oftentimes we will go about the day and not acknowledge how small things make us feel, or why we choose to do what we do. When it comes to mindful eating, taking the time to stop and think about your feelings and actions may feel weird at first. Why am I drinking this energy drink? How do I feel as I eat my breakfast? These small questions will eventually feel normal and helpful. For some individuals, this will lead to being mindful of other actions and feelings throughout the day. 

Stop Any Judgement 

Learning to be mindful about eating is challenging and takes time. It can feel awkward or strange to take the time to think about what we are eating and what we are feeling. It is okay to realize that sometimes you are not mindful of what you are eating. It is also okay to realize that you have unhealthy eating patterns, feelings, or stories that you tell yourself. Changing habits and feelings takes time. Working on being less judgemental with yourself, and knowing you are doing the best you can, is important. 

Mindful eating means taking the time to be conscious of what you are eating and how you are feeling. This is something that takes time and practice. Being able to understand our emotions can be beneficial for many different areas in life. Taking the time to realize how we are feeling in the moment can help us to work on how we react and think through our choices. Mindful eating can feel strange and challenging at times. By working with a professional, we can learn to better understand why we make certain choices and how it ultimately makes us feel. The Guest House has many different therapeutic options to help you through your recovery journey. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you at (855) 483-7800.