Mindful Mondays: 5 Surprising Benefits of Mindful Eating

(Health.USNews.com) – How often do you pay attention to what you’re eating?

Author Melinda Johnson - health.usnews.com

Author Melinda Johnson – health.usnews.com

If you’re like many Americans, breakfast is eaten with one hand on the steering wheel, lunch is inhaled in front of a computer screen, and dinner is spent with the TV blasting in the background. Food rarely takes center-stage in our busy lives, but research indicates that this mindless munching is taking its toll on our weight and health.

“Mindful eating” is the term coined for simply paying attention to your food, your body cues, and the act of eating. It is eliminating distractions during mealtime and checking in with your hunger or fullness cues. While this may sound a bit too touchy-feely to be scientific, a solid body of evidence suggests this practice is worth trying. Here are five benefits you may experience by turning off that TV while you eat dinner… (read more)

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