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Mindfulness and Intentional Eating Practices

Many people wish to cultivate a more harmonious and fulfilling relationship with food, ultimately leading to a better quality of life. Exploring gratitude, mindfulness, flexibility, and intentionality in relation to food choices is much easier for some than say to shift directly from body negative self-talk to body positive self-talk. Emphasizing the interconnectedness of the universe and our daily lives through the food we consume is one mindful practice that can be adopted daily to achieve a positive relationship with food. Here are some mantras to try:

  1. Gratitude for Food Production: "I am thankful for the hands that grew and prepared this food to my table." Acknowledging and appreciating the entire process of food production—from the farmers and the earth to the transportation and retail—enhances our connection to the food we eat.
  2. Mindful and Flexible Eating: "Nourishing myself looks different every day. I'm doing the best I can with what I have and where I am." Being flexible and mindful with our eating habits allows us to better understand and respond to our body's needs, creating a more satisfying and pleasurable eating experience.
  3. Food Choices and Well-Being: "I am in the drivers seat of my food choices. What I eat now directly impacts how I will feel later. I can eat as little or as much as I wish to feel satisfied." Our daily food choices significantly impact our overall well-being. Intentional eating, focusing on nourishment and satisfaction, helps us make decisions that contribute positively to our health and happiness.
  4. Intentionality in Consumption: "I am open to the newness of this food--the texture, smells, and taste are exciting!" Approaching food consumption with clear intentions, whether to try new tastes or to fuel our bodies, enhances our awareness and enjoyment of the eating process. Concentrating on the sensory experience—taste, smell, and texture—further enriches this connection.

By integrating these principles, we can cultivate a more harmonious and fulfilling relationship with food, ultimately leading to a better quality of life.


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