Mindfulness, or Hygge, is being in the moment and consciousness which are concepts that we are used to when it comes to yoga or how we spend our weekends. Hygge has something to do with wearing Nordic sweaters, lighting candles and feeling cozy, in case that fad passed you by.
Obesity as a trigger
As we all become more aware of the dangers and the costs of obesity, the idea of mindful eating is beginning to take hold. In some ways it makes sense. The idea that you pause, think for a moment and consider what you are about to eat appeals.
Mindful eating means what?
It is just the idea that before you dive in you take a moment to consider and ask yourself a question or two.
The idea is that by taking notice of what you’re eating or about to eat you consider its value in your diet. You perhaps drop empty calories the ones like hidden sugar and you end up with a diet which is fundamentally healthier.
Now that a food service display often carries the calories associated with a dish, the calorie-sensitive will often shy away from something that they would have taken no questions asked without the number.
The idea is to slow down the whole process and ask yourself: Do you really want the food? Do you want this much of it? Would you prefer something else? These sorts of questions are supposed to lead naturally into good food habits. But it does require an understanding of the basics of nutrition.
Anything which causes us to stop and taste what we eat must be of value to us. It is too easy just to chow down because others are, or it is all there is. Wake up and smell the real food!