Buddhist mindful eating practices enter the mainstream

“I don’t want people to think it’s about deprivation. It’s about being aware of the food so that you experience the flavors and are actually nurturing your body.”

–Nutrition counselor Stacey Antine on mindful eating, as quoted by The Record Click link for full story

Buddhists have been practicing mindfulness — being fully aware and in the moment — while eating for thousands of years. But in recent times, these principles have entered culture and medicine. The Center for Mindful Eating, a national nonprofit organization backed by doctors, psychologists and nutritionists, seeks to educate the public that how you eat is as important as what you eat. Slowing down and eating without distraction can help fight stress, overeating and indigestion, and is particularly useful for diabetics and cardiac patients, said Buckley.