Attention to digestion not only helps us recognize hunger and satiety, but also brings awareness to how food makes us feel. Our senses go beyond stimulating and preparing digestion, they can help us answer questions like “am I eating for hunger or for pleasure?”, “what do I feel like eating?”, or “how will I feel after I eat this?”. Not only does mindful eating encompass attention to atmosphere and actions within the practice of eating, but also includes intention to caring for ourselves and accepting food as nourishment. This includes avoiding feelings of guilt, shame, or judgment.
It is important our thoughts and emotions toward foods and eating are positive and supportive. Practicing the power of intention is a good way to manifest a positive relationship with food and a healthy digestive system. In a classic Ayurvedic text, known as the Upanishads, it is stated;
Setting positive intentions for health, happiness, and nourishment can lead to more overall benefits in many aspects of life.
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