Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mindful Eating Helps You Focus on Taste and Aroma

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mindful Eating Helps You Focus on Taste and Aroma

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Dear Doctor K: I've heard so much about mindful eating. How does it work?

Dear Reader: Mindful eating is the opposite of mindless eating -- a lack of awareness of the food we're consuming. What is mindless eating?

We're rarely just eating. We're usually doing something else, too. Maybe we're working. Maybe we're talking with family around the dinner table (a concept I realize some folks regard as quaint). Or maybe we're driving, reading, watching television or fiddling with our smartphones. Eating mindfully counteracts this.

Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment. The tenets of mindfulness apply to mindful eating as well. Mindful eating means being fully attentive to your food as you buy, prepare, serve and consume it. …

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