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Mindfulness & nutrition - part 2 - how does it work?

5/8/2019 by Miriam Stangs

Mindfulness & nutrition - part 2 - how does it work?

It’s great that you’re willing to explore mindfulness in your nutrition. You probably have questions. How does mindfulness in nutrition work? How do I get started? Don't worry, that's what this article is for.

The last article (part 1) described many advantages you gain being more mindful about diet and nutrition, and in this article, we’ll share some simple exercises to help you get started. It is important to remember that mindful eating takes time and is an ongoing practice. This article is just the beginning of your mindful eating journey and part 3 offers some practical tips for everyday life.

Three helpful steps to get started

  1. Pay attention to your senses! Use your tongue to feel the texture, notice the temperature and the smell of the food. How does it really taste? Is it something you really want to have? Does it satisfy your taste buds?
  2. Notice habits and triggers. Are there times or activities that are automatic triggers for food? Things that make you think of food without even being hungry.
  3. Identify trivial food traps. Are there places that are more dangerous to you? Does a hard day, stress, or boredom lead to cravings, regardless of whether you’re actually hungry?

Become a knowledgeable connoisseur of everything that drives you to eat. If you’re not hungry, ask yourself: What am I feeling? Am I physically hungry or emotionally hungry? Or is it something else?

Other little tips for everyday life:

  • Only eat while sitting down (preferably at a table)
  • Turn off the TV while eating
  • Put your smart devices away while eating
  • Chew slowly and consciously

Mindful Eating Practice Exercise

Here is a quick mindful eating practice exercise with mySugr Coach Kristen. 

The realistic goal is to realize little mindful moments in everyday life as often as possible!

Further reading

There's also more great information about mindful eating online, and you can read our first article in this series on mindfulness and nutrition here.

The mySugr website does not provide medical or legal advice. mySugr blog articles are not scientific articles, but intended for informational purposes only.
Medical or nutritional information on the mySugr website is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a physician or health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Miriam Stangs

Miriam is a diabetes consultant DDG (German Diabetes Association) and a qualified diet and nutrition consultant VFED (Association for Nutrition and Dietetics). She works as a diabetes coach at mySugr and takes care of children with diabetes mellitus type 1 in a pediatric clinic on a part-time basis.

She found her vocation while studying ecotrophology with focus on nutrition at the HAW - University of Applied Sciences in the beautiful city of Hamburg. She discovered diabetes mellitus in a practice for diabetology and has been advising people with all types of diabetes ever since.

Miriam's home is the Bergische Land in Germany. In her free time, she goes on hikes and searches for forest and meadow monsters with her dog.