Food & nutrition

Are you eating mindfully?

It’s not just what you eat – how you eat can have a positive impact too.

You can still enjoy the foods you love; the key is to eat mindfully. This means being aware of the moment, of your thoughts and feelings, and of how your food choices affect you. Here’s how…

Appreciate food


We’re all guilty of eating while scrolling through our phones, watching TV, or replying to emails – but it’s time to nip that habit in the bud. Instead, sit at the table without any distractions and really savour the flavours and textures of the food you’re eating. Not only will you enjoy it more, you’ll also find it more satisfying.

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Take it slow


Take smaller mouthfuls and chew each one for a little longer. Our sense of fullness is controlled by signals sent between our digestive system and brain, but our blood glucose level also plays a part. Eating at a slow pace allows the brain to better recognise these ‘full’ signals. It’s okay if you begin to feel satisfied before your plate is clear – in time you’ll begin to adjust your portion sizes.

Pause for thought


When there’s lots of food on offer at a party, it’s easy to overlook the healthier options. Before you fill up your plate, pause to acknowledge the food that’s being offered and to consider your choices. For instance, you might choose steamed veg rather than roast potatoes, or a gin with slimline tonic instead of a white wine, in order to spend fewer SmartPoints®.

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Time out


If the abundance of food and drink around you is overwhelming, it’s okay to take a break. Step into another room for a few minutes or get some fresh air to restore calm.