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Are you mindfully eating your Easter eggs?

Mandy Papas - Mindfulness Coach

Mandy Papas – Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Coach

Tips for Mindful Eating

So Easter is soon approaching and this often means the temptation of Easter eggs!

Whether it’s your own or the kids, temptation is all around… and for a self-confessed chocoholic like

myself this time of year is always tricky! My children are grown up now (although I still buy them Easter eggs!) but I remember a time when they would measure how much Easter egg they had left in a box so that they could check it was left untouched overnight when theywent to bed!

Since discovering mindfulness I have realised the benefits of mindful eating…..particularly

when you want to reduce your chocolate intake! How often do you eat with distraction?

You might be watching tv or talking, perhaps on your ipad or phone – we very rarely just eat

and focus on the food we are digesting. But – if you bring a mindful awareness to the food

you are eating you will be surprised how much richer the food tastes and how you are

satisfied with less! You can practise mindful eating with treats (such as the Easter eggs!) and

by eating slowly, consciously and engaging all of your senses, without distraction you may

notice that that the food tastes sweeter and satisfies your craving with a smaller amount of

food.

In fact mindful eating in general can be beneficial if you want to lose weight, improve

digestion and connect to what your body needs and wants, to be happy and healthy – not

just the thoughts in your head that can cause emotional eating.

Try this guide to Mindful Eating:

1. Take one bite of a biscuit slice and then close your eyes. Do not begin chewing yet.

2. Try not to pay attention to the ideas running through your mind, just focus on the

biscuit. Notice anything that comes to mind about taste, texture, temperature and

sensation going on in your mouth.

3. Begin chewing now. Chew slowly, just noticing what it feels like. It's normal that your

mind will want to wander off. If you notice you're paying more attention to your

thinking than to the chewing, just let go of the thought for the moment and come

back to the chewing. Notice each tiny movement of your jaw.

4. In these moments you may find yourself wanting to swallow the biscuit. See if you

can stay present and notice the subtle transition from chewing to swallowing.

5. As you prepare to swallow the biscuit, try to follow it moving toward the back of

your tongue and into your throat. Swallow the biscuit, following it until you can no

longer feel any sensation of the food remaining.

6. Take a deep breath and exhale.

Notice how this mindful way of eating was different to your usual eating experience.

It may not possible to eat every single meal mindfully but by actively choosing to focus on

one meal or snack of your choice and making this a regular habit you may find that you feel

satisfied eating smaller portions of food and it’s also a wonderful way of living a mindful

lifestyle.

Mandy, our Mindfulness Coach teaches you mindful eating as part of her six week 1-1

mindfulness course here at the clinic, so contact our friendly reception team if you want to benefit from bringing mindfulness into your life.


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