The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) is calling it a global picnic.
Today, mindful eating practitioners from around the world will join together to celebrate the diversity of ways mindful eating can be practiced to deliver the benefits of a healthy, happy relationship with food and eating.
And that, of course, delivers a big boost to individual health and happiness, and dare we say, societal health and happiness.
Does that seem like a big stretch? Consider all the waste — defined in many different ways — involved in not having a healthy, happy relationship with food.
These principles of mindful eating, as explained by TCME, might make the stretch easier to understand.
Principles of Mindfulness:
- Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
- Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
- Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment.
- With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
- Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.
Mindful Eating is:
- Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
- Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
- Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
- Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.
Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
- Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
- Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
- Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
- Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well-being.
- Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their food choices on those systems.
The day will feature a variety of self-produced educational videos from mindful eating professionals around the world as well as pre-recorded webinars that illustrate the variety of ways to teach and practice mindful eating.
Topics addressed include research, healthy weights, food addiction, meditation, sustainability, food security and more.
There will also be a stream of videos throughout the day, punctuated with a live webinar at 3 pm EST featuring interviews with mindful eating experts from around the world.
To take part in International Mindful Eating Day, all you have to is sign up here. You’ll also be invited to join a private Facebook group featuring 31 days of mindful eating.
See you online!