Mindful Eating for Children: Minimize Distractions

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”  Zen proverb

Minimize distractions.

Most of you will know exactly what I am talking about from just reading the title. However, I am going to add some examples just to get you thinking in a broader sense of all the ways distractions might be getting in the way of mindfulness. Continue reading

Mindful Eating for Children

I think of mindfulness as the act of being present and mindful in every moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines it as “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”

As adults we know the value of sitting down to eat, focusing on our food and limiting distractions. But, how often do we eat in the car or while checking email? How often do we see toddlers running around the playground with their little snacks? Continue reading