Definition of Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is the practice of cultivating an open-minded awareness of how the food we choose to eat affects one’s body, feelings, mind, and all that is around us. The practice enhances our understanding of what to eat, how to eat, how much to eat, and why we eat what we eat. When eating mindfully, we are fully present and savor every bite--engaging all our senses to truly appreciate the food. Beyond just taste, we notice the appearance, sounds, smells, and textures of our food, as well as our mind’s response to these observations. When we eat with this understanding and insight, gratitude and compassion will arise within us. Thus mindful eating is essential to ensure food sustainability for future generations, as we are motivated to choose foods that are not only good for our health, but also good for our planet.