I read a wonderful article in the NY times today entitled ‘Mindful Eating as Food For Thought’ (although it was published yesterday), check it out! If you don’t have time to read the full article it’s all about getting more connected with the food you’re eating. Deliberately and mindfully thinking about each bite; what it tastes like, smells like, where it came from. Taking the time to put your fork down and chew each bite fully. When was the last time you took time to think about your food?
Reading this piece really made me stop and think about how much I eat on the go, rushed, with the TV on, talking to my roommates, on the phone or just generally unfocused. Although I tend to make mindful choices with my food, when it comes time to actually eat it my mind totally wanders. It could really be anything I’m putting into my mouth. I eat until my food is gone, not until I’m satisfied. Hmmm, sounds like it’s time to make a change!
Here are some great tips on getting your mind on your food that I’ll be trying to incorporate into my day:
- Take a moment to give gratitude for the food you are about to eat.
- Put your fork down in between bites.
- Think about your food, where it came from, how it was prepared, what it tastes like, etc.
It’s Too Hard
I know it seems like a giant challenge (for me too), but it CAN be done if we start small. Start out thinking about the first bite or first sip of your food or drink. Set aside one meal or snack a week where you eat in peace (without the TV on, checking your email etc.) and enjoy your food one bite at a time. Just like anything it’s a process! The more we practice the better we’ll get!
One More Thing…
This Saturday my friend, mentor and creator of the revolutionary workout, intenSati, will be hosting a workout and workshop on just this…Conscious Eating. To learn more and to register for this event click HERE.
I can see you GETTING FIERCE!