To eat “mindfully” is to do one simple thing:
enjoy your food—for no other reason than the inherent value of pleasure itself.
Although the diet industry may suggest otherwise, mindfulness is not a method of self-control; its purpose is not to help you eat less or lose weight or “eat correctly” in any way whatsoever;
on the contrary, these intentions will only increase anxiety around food in the long run—turning “mindfulness” into a chore, a diet, into something to fail at.
If the term “mindful eating” rubs you the wrong way or triggers diet-mentality in you (as it did for me for many years), feel free to disregard the term entirely
and instead, simply remember: you have the right—and the privilege—to enjoy your food wholeheartedly; you are allowed to relish and savor the experience of eating without a narrative of self-judgment.
Active enjoyment of food is a radical act through which we restore the natural relationship between food and body—a relationship that is biologically designed for pleasure, playfulness, kindness, and love.
In other words, “Mindful Eating” is a somewhat uninspired term to describe what is actually quite sexy: the sensual joy of tasting and feeling—presence to the deliciousness of food without rebuke.
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