Mindful eating is one of the core practices of the PBS program. A much-loved exercise for all our PBS children, mindful eating is a way to bring mindfulness into everyday life and we often see children taking this practice home with them to their families.
Mindful eating teaches children how to engage in the act of eating with more presence and awareness, using all five senses as they do it. By bringing mindful awareness to eating and delaying instant gratification, we give ourselves the space to make better and healthier food choices.
Another bonus of mindful eating is that it is shown to create healthy brain activity. When children eat slowly with more intention, they develop the ability to notice when they are full and satisfied. When we feel satisfied, it sends a soothing signal to our brain which is responsible for making us feel calm. It’s a win win.