"The rhythm of life is becoming faster and faster, so we really don't have the same awareness and the same ability to check into ourselves." These words are from an unexpected source: a Harvard nutritionist. Dr. Lilian Cheung, with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, co-wrote 'Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.' "That's why mindful eating is becoming more important. We need to be coming back to ourselves and saying: 'Does my body need this? Why am I eating this? Is it just because I'm so sad and stressed out?'" In this 3-minute video, Dr. Cheung explains how honoring and being mindful of the food we eat makes us healthier. She offers seven practices for mindful eating -- simple steps that we can take to maintain a healthier weight and live a happier life. We are what we eat -- and how we eat it.


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  • Angela C

    Portion control is key

  • marion

    learn to cook... properly...

  • S.W.


  • Monique

    Reminder of eating slower. Really love the savoring message:)

  • connie

    Eating less in front of the TV and more with my husband.

  • Terri Aimers

    How I eat what is readily available and I think will fill me up rather than taking the time to eat healthier. Even on Weight Watchers it is easy to fill up on too many carbs

  • vivian songco

    to watch the quality & quantity of food i eat

  • Ade

    MIndful portion sizes. Reducing plant

  • alex

    The seven practices of mindful eating is to honor the food that we eat: engage all my senses and look at the food and pay attention; portion control and use a small plate; chew the food to help with digestion; eat slowly; do not skip meals; eat a plant based diet, eating meat increase the risk of colon cancer.

  • Clarissa

    I don't enjoy my food as much as I could. Going to practice engaging all of the senses before I plough thru.

  • Carolynn Baumhart

    Shocked that eating meat increases risk of colon cancer.

  • Barbra White

    Importance of enjoying your food and making it pleasurable

  • Brenna

    slowly eating food

  • olga


  • Jeanette F. Fair

    I like what they said about checking yourself and slowing down. We are in a society where everything is fast and in a hurry and this include eating. And we do it to the point where we do not even enjoy our food or eating. But, when we slow down and actually thing about what we are doing when it comes to meals, we may not eat as much and acutally enjoy what we are eating.

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  • debra

    engage all of your senses, taste, feel, smell before you inhale it. Enjoy eat slow, so you eat less

  • Brenda

    To take the time to enjoy my meals. To also eat smaller portions

  • Barb

    Pay attention to what you are eating, the smell, taste and texture. Do not skip meals and chew your food to get the full taste. Do not eat on a plate bigger then 9 inches.

  • Nancy

    I've learned to eat slower, eat smaller portions and not to skip meals

  • Karen

    Once you beginning eating all the wrong things it's very hard to change bad habits. I've learn in order to accomplish bad habits is to go cold turkey. Just stop without looking back. I moving back towards vegan again. Wish me luck.

  • Maria Lusbourgh

    eat slower, don't skip meals, eat smaller portions

  • Mary

    eat slower really taste what I am putting in my mouth

  • Sn

    Eat slower

  • Karen

    Engage all 7 senses!

  • pe

    dont skip meals

  • Jeanette

    eat mindfully ~

  • gabrielle k

    smaller portions and slow down the pace of eating

  • Feyza

    to be mindful of eating slowly and focus on enjoying the moment. Relax!

  • Sue

    Be mindful of your portions and to slow down....chew your food.

  • Toni C

    Smaller portions, eatr slowly focus on just eating

  • marilyn

    remember to slow down when you eat



  • James

    to enjoy, smaller portions, and to chew slowly

  • Joan

    Not skipping meals will cause you to overeat later.

  • Rita

    Smaller portions don't mean less food. Stop and enjoy each others company.

  • Linda

    Good points. Lets remember to slow down and enjoy life!

  • Amina Vaughn

    Portion sizes, eat on a smaller plate and Chew your food. Take your time eating.

  • Feyza, Mahjub

    I am grateful for my food. I work hard to grow my garden and enjoy every meal I prepare. Eating the right food keeps me happy and healthy.

  • Sue

    eat slowly , enjoy food taste & research finds will eat less

  • Susan

    Honor the food - Yes, when we look at food, think of where it came from. Honor the provider.

  • Tracey Stills

    If we stop to think about where the food comes from, how far it comes, and how it's prepared.

  • Cindy

    To think about what you are eating and to eat it slowly.

  • rhonda lang

    people of all shapes and sizes are doing it.

  • sue

    The video reminded me that that we should eat to live and not live to eat. Sometimes we eat and don't take time to enjoy the meal. Eating slowly is a great key to mindful eating.

  • Vickie

    If we eat more slowly, we eat less. I hope to follow this practice and eat less.

  • Robin

    Seeing that the simple steps make it simple, and remembering to savor the taste of the food and slow down.

  • Jeannie

    To be mindful about food is to chew slowly and really taste your food! I have a habit of eating too fast and need to slow down!

  • Antoinette Charak

    I need to relax while eating not while at my desk

  • Jane

    Really enjoyed this video. Lots of reminders and good points.

  • Sandra

    Even though lunch is only a half hour, I will take the first 2 minutes to breathe and think about what I am eating and concentrate on it.

  • eileen

    smaller plates smaller bites its very hard when you have a short time for lunch but I do practice it for dinner

  • Donna

    I always try and eat slowly - but with only a 1/2 hour lunch it's hard. I do sometimes bring my salad back to my desk and eat it as I work.

  • Dee

    Use smaller plate and be mindful about chewing food slowly to eat less

  • kathy

    I need to start eating more slowly. I eat too fast having only 1/2hr for lunch and it carries over into my other meals.

  • Sharon

    Be mindful of what I am eating and savor the food

  • Julia

    I'm tired of people saying to eat a plant-based diet! There are necessary nutrients that are only present in animal products. Humans need both plant and animal foods to be healthy and this is well known. Please stop misleading people with this line!!!

  • maureen

    smaller plates, slow eating-enjoy

  • Nicki

    I know I need to eat slowly, I will really work on this.

  • Sherri

    Eating slow and eating plant base foods.

  • paul

    Very good,especially eating slowly and chewing food.

  • Sade

    The 7 habits of mindful eating- I am going to try to cultivate them.

  • Jim

    It does makes sense. Smaller plates and eating slower should be easy if you think about it when you sit down to eat.

  • lmillikan

    What I noticed is the slowness and mindfulness of the video. I will practice to be "slower".

  • Wanda

    It makes so much sense! Thank you for that wise and clear explanation.

  • Pip

    Oh, I'm so sad that this video does not have captions! I wish I could share it with my Deaf community......

  • Satish

    Eat in small plate, eat on time, eat slowly, plant based food is good and not to eat too much

  • bhavesh

    I am been part of 21 day mindfulness challange and this inspire me to linked to show this video. Today I am going to practice it. Really great seven habits of mindful eating.

  • Sherrill

    This is an awareness that I have had for over 20 years. It's interesting to think about all the hands involved in getting the food to the table. I am a very slow eater, usually the slowest one at the table.

  • Caroline

    Over the last few years, this is something I have been told I need to do more of. Over the past year I have made a conscious effort to stop and enjoy my food and not rush it without tasting it. My husband and I do not have the TV on when we eat to ensure that we slow down and enjoy the meal that we have prepared together. This is a good reminder that I need to do this with all of my meals, not just the one I share with my husband at the end of a full day.

  • Elisabeth

    Suddenly understood something lovely: my Mum recently said: "You ALWAYS have been eating slowly, even as a young child. Even though your father and I were having diner in a rush because of work, you did not rush.". Still I'm Always last to finish any meal or snack. At last I'm quite happy with this :-)

  • Steve

    Not the healthiest examples of food but I appreciated the message and the plant-based recommendation at the end to "meat" people where they're at!

  • Su

    It showed me the art of mindful eating. The precipts were told very slowly and simply, thank you

  • Mae

    Starting a Meal: The Five Contemplations This food is the gift of the whole universe - the earth the sky, and much hard work. May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive it. May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to eat with moderation. May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. We accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love and joy.

  • Lynda

    She stated each step slowly and clearly and I feel like I finally understand what I must do. Actually, Maewest stated exactly how I feel and I am grateful.

  • Maewest

    I love the slowness with which the seven steps are spelt out-- I need to follow these steps urgently-- I have tried, but with so much that weighs me down, I cannot stick to slow eating. I know I have to work on eating slowly and mindfully! The 7 tips will help

  • Carol

    I set an intention...forget...start again. Clear reminders to practice mindful eating, mindful living, mindful loving-kindness. For myself, my intention also includes share a meal with someone and savor the food by eating with minimum distractions. in peace and gratitude to earth, mother nature, farmers and workers who provide beauty, abundance, nourishment for our body and souls.

  • Francy

    It reminded me of how mindlessly (unconsciously I often eat). I am usually reading, listening to the radio/TV/internet video and rarely am I present with the experience of eating. Trying to eat at least one meal a day in a mindful mindset would be a good practice for my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

  • Joyce Simard

    She speaks of everything i do not do. So, tonight i will try to eat mindfully.

  • Nina

    It is everything that Weight Watchers is now putting into practice, starting with breathing and meditation.

  • Bina Patel

    My grandmother used to tell us to only look at our plate and eat quietly when my cousins and I would visit her during vacation. "Focus on your food" was her reminder if we started to talk. When I asked her why we could not talk, she said that talking took us away from the act of eating and we would not enjoy the food fully. I appreciated her advice when I grew up! This video speaks to the same point.

  • Sherry

    Gratitude that I have access to so much healthful organic food. There are many local, farmer's markets where food can be purchased, where you can actually talk to the one growing the food. You begin to appreciate an honor the vegetables you purchased by cooking them in a healthy and delicious way. Eating in a mindful manor, not wasting any of it. It is actually spiritual practice. Thank you for this video - a wonderful reminder.

  • BillB

    The slow thoughtful presentation will inspire me to eat in a mindful way. Mindful eating comes from an eastern philosophy and I wonder if the western idea of saying grace before eating was a way to introduce this idea of eating in a mindful way?

  • Andrea

    More people are becoming aware of the value of eating mindfully.

  • Natver M. Patel

    Reverence for everything around us and respect for all that is part of our lives is one of the most important lesson and a Good Karma. Thich Nhat Hanh gentle delivery of the 7 habits is inspiring and applies to many other habits.

  • Annie

    I have read Thich Nhat Hanh before, though not this book, and began an effort toward mindfulness and especially regarding food two years ago. I lost roughly 100 pounds through using these principles. Slowing down, being grateful, becoming aware helped me understand when my body/my stomach was full and when I did not need to eat anymore. I was able to stop eating. I also learned to better identify what exactly I was hungry for - salty? crunchy? sweet? sour? I am going to find this book! Thank you so much! I am much happier at this new leaner weight. I do not have to carry a 100 pound sack of fat around with me. And I am 62 years old - never too old to learn.

  • Anne

    By honoring the food we become grateful and acknowledge how fortunate we are in a world full of hungry people.

  • BJ

    I should eat 3 meals a day, savor the food, eat slower. Employ Mindfulness during eating!

  • Joan

    I am inspired to be grateful for my food by applying these 7 practices.

  • Gregory

    I am 36 and I find it fascinating to learn about something as basic as eating. Thank you!

  • Cherie

    Love the idea of paying attention to all the details and focussing on them all. Have never savoured a bowl of homemade butternut squash soup so much.

  • Merrilee

    Everything, it works!

  • Lys

    I have always valued food and communal eating especially as an important part of the family. Its good to have the video remind me of other aspects and maybe bring those in to the communal nature of meals. On the occasions when one has to eat alone I think the first 6 habits will assist I am unlikely to adopt a completely plant based diet.

  • David

    I like the slow, relaxed presentation of the ideas which helps me to keep the focus on eating mindfully

  • Lydia

    I felt very relaxed while enjoying my food, ate a smaller portion but still felt full when I finished my meal, and without even trying I noticed I ate every grain of rice in the bowl. Usually there is a few grains left behind, but when I ate slowly and carefully I easily are every grain without even thinking about it! This practice was everything it claimed to be and helped me not waste food!

  • Dede

    Eating for me is a big part of taking care of my body to be healthy. Thank you for validating this. I can always be more mindful while I am eating and preparing what is to be eaten. We all can be more thankful and grateful for all the foods by which we have to eat. We are all so blessed.

  • stardust

    I am watching this a linked to the 21 day challenge issued by UC Berkley Science of Happiness Mooc. The challenge asks us to eat one meal mindfully a day and write on our experience. Day one and you will hear no more from me. I like all the 7 steps, except I suspect the last one is inspired by a Buddhist value of vegetarianism and the science is secondary. That's Ok, I am just aware of the logic. Still appreciate the offering, have book marked it, and will watch repeatedly.

  • Dr. Bijaya Sainju

    I like the idea of mindful eating, some of these habits we already applying. we need to follow all seven habits regularly, if we want to be healthy.

  • stephanie

    As one of the gals wrote - I learned this many moons ago - my mother was a brilliant gal. Many thanks for reminding me.

  • kindmind

    The video inspired me to appreciate what we have and to enjoy and savour every moment, every morsel.

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  • Read the book Savor, in which World-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to attain a more healthy weight and live a more satisfying life.
  •  Watch Jamie Oliver's talk about why we should teach children everything about food.
  •  Engage all your senses (the second practice in this video) the next time you eat something: the taste, the sight, the beauty, the aroma, the texture, the sound... 

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