The concept of mindfulness is something we’ve covered before on our blog, when we shared our top tips on living a calm, peaceful lifestyle. But have you thought about mindfulness when it comes to eating? Rather than just grabbing something in a rush, it’s about reconnecting with the present, selecting food with intention and awareness and consuming thoughtfully.

This might sound great on paper, but how can we realistically try and be that bit more mindful when we eat?

Eat when you’re hungry

How many times have you reached for something in the cupboards or fridge because you’re bored rather than actually hungry? Or indulged in too much food because you’re upset? Emotional eating is something many of us may experience and sometimes it can be hard to recognise it.

Try and be more aware of the present moment and how you are feeling at the time – perhaps note down your emotions, drink a glass of water or get out for a short walk and see how you are feeling after. If you still have hunger pangs, be conscious of what you choose to eat to fill the gap.

Be aware of what you eat

Before you eat a meal or snack, stop to reflect on what you are consuming. Bringing awareness to the process of eating puts you back in touch with your choices and how food impacts your body – is that packet of crisps really going to give you the energy you need? Or would a banana with some nut butter and an oatcake give you a more sustained boost?

For a lot of us when we feel lethargic, making a coffee or grabbing a chocolate bar is often the answer. But remember that the combination of refined sugar and caffeine is a recipe for disaster when your blood sugar levels will come crashing down, leaving you feeling more tired than before. That’s why our caffeine-free, no refined sugar Supertreats carob bars make a much more mindful, calm alternative if you’re craving something sweet.

Gratitude for food

Ask yourself how you’re benefitting from the food you eat – does it give you energy? Is it feeding your skin, hair and nails? Is it nourishing your mind and body? By appreciating individual ingredients and their nutritional offerings this can help to build a healthier relationship with food. Try and use daily gratitude techniques to reflect on how positive choices can boost our vitality and help us feel at our best – they say we are what we eat!

Savour every mouthful

Eating should be an enjoyable, pleasurable experience. So ditch the guilt and restrictive diets; instead reclaim control over your choices and reconnect with food and drink in a positive way. Get away from distractions (that includes being on your phone and scrolling through Instagram!) and embrace and savour what you choose to consume – and the effect it has on you. The more you’re ‘in the moment’, the more you’ll appreciate what you eat and help to achieve a sense of calm.