This precious moment is all that we have. Right now. Brian Blade
WHAT IS MINDFUL EATING?
Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body. We pay attention to the colors, smells, textures, flavors, temperatures, and even the sounds (crunch!) of our food.
We pay attention to the experience of the body. Where do we feel hunger? Where do we feel satisfaction? What does half-full feel like?
We also pay attention to the mind. Without judgment, we watch when the mind gets distracted, pulling away from full attention to what we are eating or drinking. We watch the impulses that arise after we've taken a few sips or bites: to grab a book, to turn on the TV, to distract the mind in some way.
Now, we have a choice. When we notice that the mind is distracted, we can follow the distraction and stop eating.
Alternatively, we can return to just being present with our food and the work of eating it.
Lasting change takes time, and is built on many small changes. Start simply: eat the first two bites of a meal in silence. Chew slowly.
As we begin to pay attention to how specific foods impact our body, we can start to make better choices about what foods to buy and eat.
When we pay attention to our food as we eat it, we are likely to eat less, reduce stress, and to better digest what we eat. I believe this practice goes beyond mindful eating. It brings joy, awakens the intuition, and helps us hear our body's messages about what it needs.
Mindful eating can inspire us to consider where our food comes from and how we might be doing harm by choosing corporate food that's grown and harvested by workers who have poor working conditions and do not receive fair wages.
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Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully, suggests that in our fast-paced world, attentiveness to the things you "have to do takes on a greater priority than what is going on internally."
"Slowing down" she says, "is a foreign concept to busy individuals. Doing several things simultaneously is considered a more efficient way of doing things." Here are suggestions to slow down, enjoy your food, eat mindfully, reduce stress, and digest better.
Albers recommends starting with one mealtime: breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Choose a specific location to eat, such as your table or the lunchroom at work.
Sit quietly. Don't get up, and don't answer the phone.
Have all the food you intend to eat on the table in front of you before starting.
To be mindful you must give your full attention to your eating. Focus on the process of eating and enjoying your meal.
Are you ready to stop trying diets and food fads to feel well? Would you like a whole-foods based approach that lets you feel inspired about food and enjoy the art of cooking and eating?