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Your mindset is how you think about things, how you process different emotions, and
what your thought process is like. Everyone has their own mindset, which is often
influenced by a myriad of different things. With mindful eating, you want to develop a
certain type of awareness in your mindset, but also a lot of positivity and acceptance.

Slow Down and Enjoy the Moment

To shift your mindset about eating and food in general, just slow down and enjoy it! This
is truly one of the best things you can do. When you think about food as something to
not enjoy, suffer through, or be completely mindless about, that will always be how you
think about it. But when you can slow down, enjoy and savor every bite, and be more
mindful, your mindset will change dramatically.

Take Away All Judgment or Guilt

You should not experience guilt, shame, or judgment about what you choose to eat or
how much you eat during each meal. This is probably a result of past diets you have
been on, comments you have had about your body or eating choices, or even what you
have heard people say to others about what they can and can’t eat. But the truth is,
there is room for any food in your life, as long as you don’t have an allergy or aversion
to it.

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By understanding that all food is allowed and removing that guilt, you start working on
having a more positive and accepting mindset with food.

Flip Every Negative Thought Into an Accepting One

It may not be possible to always turn a negative thought into a positive one, but with
mindfulness, you can get to a place of acceptance. It is unrealistic to think your mindset
and thought process is going to be 100% positive and uplifting all the time. But what you
can do is start flipping those overly negative and judgmental thoughts and instead just
accept what is. This is a big part of mindfulness, as you just accept the current moment
and where you are right now.

Take a Deep Breath Before Practicing Mindfulness

Breathing techniques are often used with mindfulness because they help to center and
ground you. All this takes is spending a few minutes before you start eating to take deep
breaths, and focus on your breathing. It is a good way to get into the practice of
mindfulness, and can help you clear your mind and go into your meal with the right
mindset.