Mindful Eating and current research
The past 30 years, many clinical studies prove the positive outcomes of mindfulness for depression, burnout, anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes,...
Further research also reveals that mindfulness helps with disordered eating behavior.
However, mindful eating is a process and acceptance based intervention, not a target and control focused approach.
Mindful eating programs are not intented to loss weight but do benefit for those who want to understand their relationship with food.
A selection of the academic results:
- Greater awareness of physical hunger and fullness cues, and adequate respons
- Distinguish between emotional hunger (craving) and physical hunger
- More participation in the sensory eating experience (see, feel, hear, smell, taste, touch)
- Less judgemental about "good or bad food" and more equanimity
- How to cope with feelings of stress and other intense emotions without eating
- Self-care and acceptance of yourself and your body
- Learning to deal with strong urges and cravings to eat sweets or fats
- Greater mastership over your eating behaviour and a strong intrinsic motivation to maintain a balaced lifestyle
- Decrease of binge eating
In review papers, where more than 35 studies on mindful eating are screened, the focus is on body acceptance instead of weight or BMI, on learning to trust the physiological signals of your own body instead of following a diet ruled by others.
- Shawn N. Katterman a, Brighid M. Kleinman b, Megan M. Hood a, Lisa M. Nackers a, Joyce A. Corsica, Mindfulness meditation as an intervention for binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss: A systematic review, Eating Behaviors 15 (2014) 197–204
- G. A. O’Reilly, L. Cook, D. Spruijt-Metz and D. S. Black, Mindfulness-based interventions for obesity-related eating behaviours: a literature review, Obesity reviews (2014) 15, 453–461
Qualified Mindful Eating, Conscious Living teachers in Belgium and Europe can be find on the ME-CL website for professionals.
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