mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique (source: dictionary.com).
mindful eating (from mindful.org):
- Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
- Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
- Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes, or neutral) without judgment.
- Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.
There is a lot of literature on the subject, both online and in text books. We encourage you to learn more about mindful eating and start practicing it (we have our stack of books on the topic). It can be a highly effective tool for losing weight and keeping it off. We touch on some areas of mindful eating in our posts- such as eating with your senses first and tests you can use to determine hunger vs. cravings.