Between work, chores and the 8 billion other things you have to do today, sitting down to eat a relaxed, 30-minute breakfast probably isn’t high on your priority list. But taking a few minutes to practice mindful eating is one of the biggest gifts you can give your body, says food and wellness guru Cassandra Bodzak, author of the new how-to cookbook Eat with Intention . Here are her five tips for creating a new eating practice that can make you feel happier, calmer and more self-confident than ever before.
Turn Off All Distractions
Yep, that means the TV, your phone and even that new copy of The Drifter you’re tearing through. Instead of trying to cram eating in with another activity, take the time to step back and eat with the intention of nourishing your body, instead of getting full as fast as possible.
Don’t Start Eating Until You Find the Gratitude
OK, if you’re used to fitting in a lightning-fast lunch at your desk, this might sound completely crazy. But before you even take a bite, sit quietly for a few minutes. “Ask yourself before each meal whether you’re eating from a place of self-love,” Bodzak suggests. In these moments, set calm, positive intentions for your meal and leave any stress, negative feelings about your body or worries about the day as far away from the table as possible.