Have you heard about the physical and emotional benefits of gratitude? According to studies, it can make you feel happier and may even improve your physical health. One of the many things you can feel grateful for involves food ,and gratitude is also a way to take your mindful eating experience up another notch. Spending a little bit of time before each meal practicing gratitude can help you to build a super strong appreciation for the journey that your food has been on before it reaches you. Think about what was involved in getting your food to you. Who was involved in this journey and what did it take to make it happen? Asking yourself these questions encourages you to move away from seeing your food solely as an end product and helps you to feel grateful for what you’re eating. It can be super easy to take food for granted when it’s so readily available. A few ways to bring gratitude into the equation:
- Express your appreciation for the food on your table.
- Thank every single person that you imagine was involved in its production and journey to you. Keep this thought in mind as you eat.
- Give thanks for the fact that you are able to make your own choices about food and can choose what to eat and when.