Principles of Mindfulness:
• Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
• Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
• Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment.
• With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of
thinking, feeling and acting.
• Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.
Mindful Eating is:
• Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through
food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
• Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
• Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
• Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.
Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
• Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the
experience of food.
• Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
• Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
• Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well being.
• Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their
food choices on those systems.
The Center for Mindful Eating ~ www.thecenterformindfuleating.org