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What is mindfulness? It is being tuned in to your thoughts, feelings and body. Once you’ve done it for a while, mindfulness may help you break free from old patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. It promotes balance, choice and acceptance.
Mindful eating is eating with intention. It can help curb food intake and control diabetes. Along with encouraging healthier food choices, mindful eating can boost happiness with those choices. It can inspire people to eat less.
Food is often used as a way to cope with stress and hard situations. Many people who struggle with diabetes have issues linked to food. When people are diagnosed with diabetes, their relationship with food becomes even more strained. It can create a perfect storm for mindless eating and overeating.
When you practice mindful eating, it calms the storm. With mindful eating, you:
Here are some useful tips to support mindful eating.
Want to learn how to get started? A registered dietitian can help you put it into practice. To find one in your area, visit eatright.org.
Check out some of our other helpful info for managing diabetes. You can also find recipes for diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Originally published 6/11/2016; Revised 2017, 2021, 2023
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