Bringing Awareness to Daily Eating: Benefits of Mindful Eating

Bringing Awareness to Daily Eating: Benefits of Mindful Eating

by Cate Smith, Corporate Chef


I had the opportunity recently to attend a mindful eating retreat “After the First Bite” and was amazed at how much better I felt after three days of being aware and paying attention.  When we are on “auto pilot”, we tend to act (eat) first and then become aware of what we have done (eaten) afterwards.  Mindfulness of when, why and what we eat, how it tastes, where it comes from, and how we feel after we consumed it can help bring a natural and healthy change to this everyday process. 

Here are just a few of the benefits:

  1. Helps Us Slow Down
    One of the biggest issues in general is eating SO quickly. You can be out to dinner with someone and by the time you blink a few times the food on their plate is completely gone. Eating quickly is both bad for digestion and it’s also bad when it comes to controlling the quantity of food you’re eating. Practicing mindful eating can help you tune in and pay attention to the food you’re eating, which in turn can help slow you down.
  2. Promotes Eating Less
    Paying attention to the food you’re eating can not only help you enjoy it more, but because you’ve slowed down to tune into your food, it gives your brain and stomach more time to communicate and sense fullness, a process that takes about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Can Boost Satisfaction
    So after slowing down and eating less, what you’ll realize is that you actually have time to listen to what’s going on inside of you, and there is a greater chance that you’ll feel more satisfied. The entire process of tuning into what you’re eating in addition to how it looks and what it feels like, can help promote feeling satisfied, and for many, this is after eating much less food than they once did.
  4. Helps to Better Nourish Your Body
    Proper nourishment for our daily life is the main function of eating.  Paying better attention to what you’re eating and planning ahead can be beneficial when it comes to providing more nutrients to your body, and usually when people start paying attention to what they’re eating, they also usually start to pay attention to providing better nutrition which is a major plus for the body.

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Poached Salmon Salad

by Meriwether Godsey » All Stories


Serves 6

1lb fresh salmon

½c ea white wine & water

few slices of onion & sprigs of parsley

1T butter

1c white wine vinegar

1T fresh lemon juice

½t lemon zest, grated

½t sea salt

½t white pepper

½c mayo

1T dill

4c mixed greens

1c cucumbers, seeded, half moon slices

½c tomatoes, diced


To Poach Salmon

1. Lightly salt salmon fillets

2. Combine water, wine, onion & parsley in shallow pan. Bring to simmer over medium high heat

3. Slide salmon pieces into poaching liquid and dot with butter

4. Bring to slow boil, reduce heat to medium, poach 10 to 15 mins

5. Chill & flake into large pieces


For Salad

1. Combine vinegar, lemon juice, zest, s&p; whisk in mayo & dill

2. Lay greens, cucumber, tomatoes & salmon; drizzle with dressing

Summer Veggie & Couscous Salad

by Meriwether Godsey » All Stories


Serves 4

lemon vinaigrette

3T fresh lemon juice

¼c white balsamic vinegar

¾c olive oil

¼t salt

⅛t black pepper


8oz Isareli couscous

¼c red onion, thinly sliced

1 med zucchini, cut in half lengthwise

1 small Japanese eggplant, cut in half lengthwise

½ea red & yellow pepper

¼c fresh mint chopped

¼c fresh basil chopped

1c feta cheese crumbled


1. Combine lemon juice, vinegar, s&p

2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking to blend

3. Cook couscous, drain, cool, drizzle with oil

4. Soak onion in cold water 1 min, drain

5. Brush zucchini, eggplant & peppers with oil; grill/broil 3-5 min per side

6. Cool veggies, cut ½” dice

7. Mix grilled veggies, onion, couscous & vinaigrette

8. Before serving add herbs & feta cheese; toss