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Mindful eating is the name given to the diet that is not diet, since it consists of eating with total control of the situation, in a conscious way, and responding in a moderate way to the physiological signals of the body, knowing how to stop when they have satiated.
It is easy for adults to understand, not to apply, the concept of feed conscientiously, but for children it may not be so much, especially if with the beginning of complementary feeding we stop respecting their signals.
The benefits of this lifestyle, of this way of educating eating habits are many, and above all, if it is established from early childhood, they are benefits that can take root and last until and during adulthood.
- They learn to pay attention to food, to understand what they are eating and to appreciate it. And on top of this, they learn and observe how food influences their body, how it satisfies their appetite and what sensations it provides.
- They learn to detect the signals of their body, the hunger signal and the satiety signal. As we try to remove the diaper, at which time the child has to become aware of the signals that his body offers before it is too late, offering this food education seeks the same effect, that is the child himself the one who decides when and how much to eat. Understanding and accepting the physical signals of the body also helps to detect other signals, to be more attentive to changes and can help to identify emotional changes, to name emotions.
- They learn to be attentive and they learn to observe, to enjoy every bite.
- They learn to differentiate between foods, to detect flavors and textures. And they learn to differentiate how each meal affects them. They observe which foods provide them with energy and which make them feel good, as well as being useful to detect intolerances since they are more attentive to any changes in their body.
- Children are not social eaters - at least not by nature - so if we do not convert them into it, they will not be, having much more probability of avoid obesity and all the damages that are linked to it. They will only eat what they need and when they need it.
Obviously, if we try to establish this method in a child who is already used to eating in a different way, we will not observe immediate changes, but rather will take a learning process, but the simple fact of making them participate and teaching them to decide for themselves is already a great achievement, which will gradually become the first of many.
If we respect the demand of the baby, and if we continue to do so when he becomes one more at our table, we are, although we do not know it, practicing mindful eating.
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