Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Mindful Eating Questionnaire
Are you a mindful eater right now? Take the following assessment to find out. While mindful eating canít be measured with complete objectivity, this brief questionnaire will deepen your understanding of yourself, and of how mindful eating can begin to liberate your relationship to eating and food.
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer each question with the number that best matches your experience. Answer as you think you are, not how you think you should be. Treat each question as a separate question. If you donít know how to answer a question, leave it blank.
1 = Almost always
2 = Frequently
3 = Infrequently
4 = Almost never
Iím unaware that Iím hungry, or full, until sometime after the fact.
I am stressed out.
I donít really taste or appreciate my food.
I force or control what or how much I eat.
I eat when Iím not hungry.
I avoid eating even though I am hungry.
I rush when I eat.
I eat without being aware that Iím eating.
I eat when Iím stressed out.
I believe that I can only succeed by controlling or being rigid about my diet.
I am unaware of thoughts that precede my eating behaviors.
I find it difficult to remain focused in the here and now.
I donít love and accept myself and my body as it is.
I donít regularly feel a desire to exercise.
My body image is negatively impacted by media exposure to the ďthin ideal.Ē
My exposure to media stresses me out or lowers my moods.
I am living or eating ďon automatic.Ē
I am stuck in mental and/or behavioral patterns that I would like to change.
Emotions ďtake me overĒ and I am not aware of what has happened until later.
I eat to manage strong or uncomfortable emotions.
SCORE YOURSELF: Add up your answers and divide the total by 20 (or if you didnít answer all the questions, by the number you answered). Your score will be a number between 1 and 4.
ANALYZE YOUR SCORE: A higher number (closer to 4) reflects more mindfulness (and freedom) in your eating behaviors. A higher number also reflects a more mindful and freer relationship to the many forces, particularly bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts, that (usually unconsciously) precede and influence eating behaviors.
How did you do? Donít worry if you didnít get a perfect 4.0. Nobody is perfectly mindful all the time! Yet the more mindful you are, the freer you will be. This mindfulness questionnaire has given you a taste of how mindfulness can transform and liberate your relationship to eating, exercise, your body, your mind, your emotions, and your very self. Mindfulness is the foundation for positive change and transformation in any area of life Ė but particularly in your relationship to food.
I actually think i was as open and honest as possible about this. and my number is 3.65
I do eat when i am hungry, and i notice when its a boredom want or something and then i don't do it.i watch my feelings and moods always. I guess you can say I trained my self years ago to try and catch that. now if i was to answer this while i was pregnant im sure i would of had a low score and had to really stop and think about it.