Mindful Eating: SMILE Between Bites

Smile between bites! Why? For two reasons. First, it’s difficult to slow down when we eat. Smiling between bites gives you a small gap of time to think about whether you really want the next bite or not. If you do, great. If not, it provides a moment to consciously decide. Second, smiling, even fake smiling, sends signals to the brain to release feel good chemicals. Therefore, a smile, can help reduce emotional eating.

So the next time you take a bite, give a smile—a Buddha smile, Mona Lisa or Cheshire grin are all just fine.