Eating mindfully enhances digestion and absorption of nutrients and reduces stress. To eat mindfully, sit down in a stress-free environment and take in your food with not only your sense of taste, but with your senses of smell, sight, touch, and hearing. Practicing mindfulness brings your awareness to the present moment—to the Now—which has been shown in studies to slow heart beat, reduce blood pressure, and promote the release of endorphins (stress reducing neurotransmitters) from the brain.