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Hello Loyal Soup People! A lot of attention lately is being paid towards mindfulness when it comes to healthy eating. It turns out that our environment can play a very big factor when it comes to eating healthfully. Creating a environment that is conducive to a mindful eating experience can play a major role in our food choices. Here are a few tricks to help you create a healthy eating environment:

– Create a visually appealing plate. Think like a chef when plating your food. When healthy food looks visually appealing, we’re more likely to enjoy it! Create a colorful plate, full of seasonal vegetables, grains, and aromas. Don’t just toss your food on your plate. Arrange it in a way that makes it appetizing.

– Table-Plate-Chair (TPC) – Don’t stand. Don’t sit on the couch. Don’t eat on the go. Sit in a chair, at a table, with a proper plate. Take a few minutes from your day to focus solely on the meal you are eating. The fewer distractions you create, the more likely you are to listen to your body and eat mindfully.

– Take a break from your phone – The phone is a major distraction when it comes to eating mindfully. Put it away for a few minutes and pay attention to your meal.

– Find a quiet place – Many studies have shown that a quiet environment helps us to pay attention to our food and to listen to our bodies. Also, when we can hear ourselves chew, we tend to eat less! The more we pay attention to our eating habits, the more likely we are to improve them.

In short, don’t treat your meals like a fast chore that needs to be rushed. Give yourself a few minutes each day to enjoy your meals. Your mind and your body will thank you!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!