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3 Ways to Eat Mindfully This Eid al-Adha
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3 Ways to Eat Mindfully This Eid al-Adha

Moderation is key.

This is true in all aspects of life, especially so during Eid al-Adha. A delicious spread of food during the festive season can throw all nutrition plans and portion control out the window. Whether you’re celebrating Eid al-Adha with your family or looking to eat mindfully generally, we’ve curated three ways you can incorporate it into your meal time.


What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha, also known as Hari Raya Haji, is a significant religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is a time of joy, gratitude, and feasting, where families and friends gather to share an abundance of food and commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son.

While indulging in delectable dishes is an integral part of this festive occasion, practising mindful eating can help us savour and appreciate the food we consume, fostering a deeper connection to our bodies and the spirit of the celebration. Here are three ways to embrace mindful eating during Eid al-Adha.


Cultivate awareness and gratitude

Mindful eating begins with cultivating awareness of the present moment. Before you begin your meal, take a moment to pause and reflect on the significance of the occasion and what you are grateful for in your life. Then, express gratitude for the food that you are about to consume. Consider the effort, time, and love put into preparing the dishes, whether by your loved ones or those who cooked them. This awareness and appreciation set the foundation for a truly mindful eating experience.


Engage your senses

Eid al-Adha is a feast for the senses, and engaging them mindfully can enhance the dining experience. As you sit down for your meal, take a moment to observe the colours, textures, and aromas of the food in front of you. Notice the vibrant hues, the intricate patterns, and the aroma wafting from each dish. When you take your first bite, pay attention to the flavours and textures that unfold in your mouth. Savour each bite, allowing yourself to experience the richness and complexity of the food fully. By engaging your senses, you bring your attention to the present moment and deepen your connection to the food you consume.


Practice moderation and mindful portioning

The festive season often offers a wide spread of tantalising dishes, tempting us to overindulge. However, practising moderation and mindful portioning can help us maintain a healthy balance during the festivities. Start with smaller servings instead of loading your plate with large portions of every dish. Take the time to savour each bite, chew slowly, and listen to your body’s signals of hunger and fullness. Allow yourself to enjoy the flavours without feeling compelled to finish every mouthful. Mindful portioning encourages us to tune into our bodies, honouring their needs and preventing overeating. Read more about the benefits of eating mindfully.


To those celebrating, Naluri wishes you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and prosperous Eid al-Adha!


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