What is Mindful Eating?
Over- or under-eating are in most cases both related to an emotional response to something we feel is out of our control. We have largely been trained to eat for comfort and to restrict or diet when food and perhaps a too sedentary lifestyle have caused us to gain weight and to feel dissatisfied with our appearance. At times we might go as far as practicing self-aggression in the form of castigating the body with a punishing exercise regime in order to counteract the problem of excess weight or to allay the fear of gaining it. This is not a campaign against exercising; I believe in living an active life. Self-punishment results in many forms of suffering—emotional, physical and psychological. We all know how little we like suffering and how we avoid it as the plague and even think of it as an abnormality. The truth though is that suffering is simply an unavoidable part of life.
Mindful Eating is the practice of allowing our inner wisdom to guide us in selecting, preparing and consuming food in a non-judgmental way and fully focused on the action. The practice of Mindful Eating leads us to tune into our body’s own wisdom, says Dr. Jan Chozen, in order to: