Eating with awareness is a purposeful way to savor our food. Eating slowly and in moderate portions can help ease the digestion process. This can prevent abdominal pain, bloating, and an overall feeling of unease.
Everyone has a hunger and a satiety hormone. However, it is much harder to notice when we are hungry or when we are full if we are eating while playing video games, watching television, or browsing through our smartphone.
When I’m seated at a table, I feel most aware of the food that fuels my body. Setting aside time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, allows me to escape from the stressors of my day. When the television is off and my phone is in another room, I am more aware of my surroundings and of what is right in front of me. I can taste my food and notice the small details of what I enjoy (or do not enjoy) because I am fully present.
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