The environment in which we eat can meaningfully impact the way we view food, the speed at which we eat, and more. Even Canada’s Food Guide is now recognizing the importance of the eating environment: the new CFG recommends practicing mindful eating.
Mindful eating is a nonjudgmental acceptance of physical and emotional feelings while eating, thinking about one’s own physical hunger and satiety cues, and choosing nutritious pleasurable foods while being fully present in the moment undistracted from other activities (Lofgren, 2015 – read more). Mindful eating can be beneficial for people of all ages and walks of life. Practicing mindful eating can help children form healthy eating habits for life, and can prevent overeating, eating while distracted, and reliance on convenience foods in adults.
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