"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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  • Manubhai M Patel

    Eat well for healthy long living. The treasure of mother Nature has offered abundant sources for your choice depending on your wisdom how to make healthy choice. Follow not only for yourself but also for your elders as well children 👶

  • Aaron G George

    good ideas

  • Juliet Domingo

    to be more conscious of what we take in thank you so much

  • Ramya

    I was able to connect mindful eating with this quote on mindful walking..."Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

  • mohammed rafiq

    Seven habits of eating so please send it to.....

  • Celia

    ....as Thich Nhat Hanh explains : Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something 🙏 Means mindfulness practise can bring lasting effects in all our everyday work .....walking, talking, driving a.s.o. as well mindful cooking leads to conscious eating ..

  • Merrydyson

    To really think about what you are eating and take time to enjoy it. Step 7 was a new one for me because my husband is going through Chemo right now because of Colon cancer. I will give this a research.

  • John


  • Martin

    All seven steps make sense if done in a peaceful setting away from devices and other distractions. No multitasking at mealtime could be number 8.

  • TerryH

    Umm i eat a lot and i eat fast so i don't get a cramp when i work out.

  • Karla

    So trua

  • Kathy

    To eat slowly and savor and think about each bite.

  • Jo

    It reminded me to be grateful for the food and to send gratitude and blessings to all those involved in creating it, including Mother Earth.

  • magaret

    do not over eat

  • Ruth Ann

    savor the flavors eat and chew

  • ela

    slow down, portion control

  • Linda Kozil

    To be thoughtful about what I eat because it can affect inner peace.

  • maryann

    don't wait to eat all day because you will end up eating more then you should at one time.

  • Ezrarette

    To learn to enjoy the moment of eating and actually enjoying my meal but also to listen to my body when enough is enough.

  • Mark

    Smaller plates and portion size

  • angie kirkwood

    portion sizes and savor the flavor is mindful eating and learning how to cook properly

  • Laurie Lindvall

    Portion size, eat slowing, savor the flavor and smell, mindful eating

  • 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.

  • John Lee


  • 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.

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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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