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Mindful Eating: Why Being Present Matters

Mindful eating is to be fully aware of the food you consume and being attentive to what’s on your plate. Borrowed from the Buddhist concept of mindfulness or “shamatha,” (calming your body and mind), this includes stopping to savor every bite you eat while being aware of how your body is responding to sustenance.

Researchers and psychologists continue to study the benefits of mindful eating and whether it can help people living with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. One of the upcoming food summits to tackle this subject in detail is the Food 2.0 Conference which will unveil industry developments as well as touch upon challenges faced by F&B experts.

The 5 major benefits of mindful eating are given below.

1. Better awareness of hunger

As has been pointed out by several nutritionists, when you make it a habit to be more aware of what you eat and when you eat, you slowly, but surely become attentive to your body’s natural hunger signals instead of depending on emotional cues. You are also less likely to overeat since you will be attuned to your body telling you that it’s been satiated after a meal.

2. Reduces stress

Known as the stress hormone, cortisol is involved in the body’s ‘flight or fight’ response. It has been proven that mindfulness-based exercises like mindful eating help to reduce cortisol levels. In the long run, it can also help you to recognize triggers that fuel your cravings. This way, you can take additional steps to cope with the stressors that life throws your way, and ultimately, uplift your overall sense of well-being.

3. Controls binge eating

Mindful eating helps you to slow down and focus completely on the food right in front of you. This can be effective in breaking the cycle of binge eating, which has been linked with obesity. Mindful eating can be the key to maintaining a healthy weight, especially in the case of children and adolescents.

4. Healthier food choices

Did you know that our food choices affect how we feel? That’s right. For instance, preliminary studies have found that people who consume junk food regularly are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than their counterparts.

Once you start eating more consciously, you will become more aware of how the food you eat affects your body and mind. Does drinking too much milk make you feel bloated? Once you notice it, you may get the expert guidance you need to realize that you have developed an intolerance for lactose. Similarly, do you feel sluggish and exhausted after a day of burgers and fries? By eating consciously, you will be able to pinpoint the actual reasons behind your health issues.

5. Improved digestion

Unhealthy eating habits affect your digestive system and can have a negative impact on your overall health. It wreaks havoc on your gut and also may result in nasty bouts of constipation, IBS, and diarrhea. By chewing your food slowly and not rushing the process, you end up doing your gut a big favor!

Signing off

What are the long-term effects of mindful eating on your physical, mental and emotional health? How has our relationship with food changed due to the overwhelming impact of the 2020 pandemic on our lives? These are just some burning concerns that will be discussed at length at our upcoming food and beverage summits in the USA and UAE. By attending these events, you will be able to learn, engage in active networking and increase the visibility of your products and services before a global audience.


Tarun Wadhera loves to read food reviews and explore hidden, off-beat restaurants all around the city. After work, you can find Tarun trying out craft beers and understanding how to distinguish pure, authentic caviar from all the scams and fakes out there.