(By Mark Beattie – 3rd year Nutritional Sciences student at MMU)
Over the past decade or so, you may or may not have become aware of a concept known as ‘mindfulness’. Mindfulness is not a new idea, in fact, it has been practised in ancient Buddhist culture for thousands of years. With the prevalence of anxiety and depression globally, many doctors and therapists have come to appreciate the positive role that it can play in helping to treat these conditions. The practice of mindfulness, which can involve meditation, has been shown to slow down the rate of breathing, enable us to focus on the here-and-now, and become more in tune with our emotions and senses. Mindful eating is a kind of mindfulness which can help us to have greater control over our eating habits.
Here are some tips on how to adopt key mindful eating habits.