Woman's Day spoke to nutritionists to learn how to start eating with intention.
People are in a rush to do everything these days — and that includes eating. They are more likely to grab a meal, plop down in front of a screen, and quickly shovel food into their mouths in an effort to move on to the next task. They don't spend much time thinking about what they're eating, how it tastes, or how it makes them feel. So, by the end of the meal, they likely feel dissatisfied or still hungry. But utilizing some tips on mindful eating — the concept of being present and focussed while eating, according to Healthline — can change that.
On social media, mindful eating, also known as intuitive eating, may be associated with diet culture, but the two are not linked. "Intuitive eating simply means slowing down to listen to your body, and then making decisions based on that," Heidi Axelrod, wellness coach and functional aging certified director, explains to Woman's Day. "It means eating when you're actually hungry, and stopping when you are comfortably full. It also means eating foods that help you feel energized and healthy versus bloated and tired. As a result, no foods are 'good' or 'bad.'"
Mindful is not (and should not be considered) diet — it's a way of life. As a result, it requires a lot of adjusting and trying new things. To get you started, Woman's Day spoke to several different experts to learn how to master intuitive eating.