The Challenge: Develop Mindful & Consistent Eating Patterns

Why?

Individuals with irregular eating patterns are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Maintaining a mindful and consistent eating pattern emphasizes the connection between dietary habits and mental well-being. Studies have shown a positive impact of a nutrient-dense diet on mental health, emphasizing the importance of consistently consuming a variety of whole foods. The practice of mindful eating, has been shown to enhance psychological well-being by fostering a heightened awareness of food consumption, promoting healthier food choices, and reducing emotional eating.*

 

 

How?

Our lives are fast-paced and busy. Sometimes it’s tempting to make every meal quick and easy. Mindful eating is about paying attention to what you eat and how it makes you feel. 

Examples of mindful eating are eating slower, eating without distractions like tv and social media, and understanding how certain foods make you feel. Practicing mindful eating can teach you what ‘full’ feels like for you. In conjunction with mindfulness, creating a consistent eating pattern is important, as inconsistent eating can contribute to poor mental health.**

Schedule your meals for a time that works for you on most occasions. Turn off your devices when you eat. Plan meals ahead of time to avoid last minute quick & easy meals. Introduce new foods to create a balanced diet.

Seek a licensed professional’s help if you have a history of eating disorders.

Join us Thursday, February 22 • 6:30pm for special screening of “Watching What You Eat,” a short documentary exploring the practice of mindful eating. 

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*O’Neil, A., Quirk, S. E., Housden, S., Brennan, S. L., Williams, L. J., Pasco, J. A., … & Jacka, F. N. (2014). Relationship between diet and mental health in children and adolescents: A systematic review. American Journal of Public Health, 104(10), e31-e42.

*Jacka, F. N., Mykletun, A., Berk, M., Bjelland, I., & Tell, G. S. (2011). The association between habitual diet quality and the common mental disorders in community-dwelling adults: The Hordaland Health study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(6), 483-490.

*Kristeller, J. L., & Wolever, R. Q. (2011). Mindfulness-based eating awareness training for treating binge eating disorder: The conceptual foundation. Eating Disorders, 19(1), 49-61.

**Patel, N. (2023, September 6). 15 realistic mental health goals to set in 2023. BROWN GIRL TRAUMA. https://browngirltrauma.com/mental-health-goals/