Mindful eating can improve food habits, health

Taking a more mindful approach to eating may be a way to jumpstart better food habits and boost health. Lilian Cheung and Teresa Fung of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently spoke to CNN about making the switch to distraction-free meals focused on the full experience of eating.

“Mindfulness is an intentional focus on one’s thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in the present moment,” Cheung, a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and editorial director of The Nutrition Source, said in the October 14, 2021 article. Fung, adjunct professor of nutrition, said that the goal of mindful eating is to become more in tune with your senses and thoughts as you eat, putting aside distractions.

“When I’m going to eat breakfast, I’m not going to be holding my iPad and reading today’s news,” she said. When making coffee, she noted, she takes the time to savor each step, from fragrant brew to warming sip.

Cheung suggested cutting out mealtime distractions gradually, and to acknowledge and breathe through any impatient feelings that arise. She also advised eating slowly, taking small bites, and chewing thoroughly. This can help make it easier to recognize when you’re satisfied and ready to stop eating.

According to the article, studies have shown that mindful eating can have health benefits including weight loss or stability, and anxiety and stress reduction.

Read the CNN article: Mindful eating could change your food habits and overall life. Here’s how to start