How can I eat more mindfully?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Mindless eating is a major cause of obesity and other eating problems in this country. In this video, Goldie Hawn shares with Dr. Oz a simple exercise anyone can do at home to practice more mindful eating.

So you grabbed a bag of chips, and a short while later, you were down to the crumbs. How'd that happen?

While you're figuring that out, here's how you can stop it from happening again: Practice mindful eating. There's a growing army of slim people singing this savor-the-moment practice.

To teach yourself how to eat mindfully, start with a raisin. Take a deep, relaxing breath as you pick it up. Look at it for a few seconds. Smell it. Place it in your mouth and roll it around on your tongue. Feel the wrinkles. Now bite. Note the chewy, gritty texture -- the sweet, fruity and astringent taste. Extract all the flavor before you swallow. That's kind of the idea with mindful eating -- to savor the look, smell, texture and taste of every bite. And it works! It had a huge impact on curbing chronic binge eating in a recent study.

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