Encouraging the Kinder to Turn Towards CONSCIOUS Eating

by Chris Miquel February 18, 2017

Encouraging the Kinder to Turn Towards CONSCIOUS Eating



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How do you teach your children to eat mindfully???

While sitting around the table eating lunch today, I instructed my 3-year-old to put away the iPad while she ate... with some exasperation in my voice.

“But why?” went her predictable refrain, the daily soundtrack of my life.

I wanted to fire back, “Because I don’t want you to become one of those rude, overly-indulged kids that never learns to make eye contact.”

But instead I decided to think about my reasons and give her a satisfactory answer.

“Because when you’re distracted while eating, you won’t be paying attention to how your body feels so you know when you’re full.”

As I said the words, I realized I could stand to benefit from my own advice.

I realized that while I try to avoid eating in front of a computer or television screen, too often, my mind is distracted with to-do-lists while I eat (that being a subset of ALL THE TIME), and before I know it, I’ve eaten past the point of being full.

When we eat slowly and mindfully, we can enjoy our food more, relax more, and stick to our eating plans.

I vowed to eat more mindfully to model this behavior for my children.

Here are some tips to eat mindfully and teach mindful eating to your kids:

1. At dinner time, put on a piece of quiet classical music or jazz that lasts at least a half hour. Agree to all stay seated and eating until it’s over.

2. Talk about your food with your children while you eat: its temperature, its texture, why you like it, how you made it. “This juicy cantaloupe is so refreshing. There’s nothing I like more in the summer.”

3. Drink two glasses of water while you eat to make the meal last longer and make you feel fuller.

4. Light candles to create a mood of serenity while you eat.

5. Try to be present during the meal. This is the hardest one for me, especially after a day at the office, chalk-full of meetings, projects, and interactions.

How do you practice and model mindful eating?




Chris Miquel
Chris Miquel

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Chris is a serial entrepreneur, internet marketer, and founder of Get Your Fit Together who was an out of shape father who is finally Getting His Fit Together. He started the publication in hopes of empowering a Fitter, Healthier, and Happier You!

He has put together a few eBooks you can download directly through facebook messenger:

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