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Mindful Eating

Posted in mindful mondays - food for thought on Feb 06,2012

“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha

What is Mindfulness?

“It is a state of being aware. It is a process of observation and attention in the flow of changing stimuli and perceptions. Mindfulness is ‘in the moment’, present, engaged awareness. An important characteristic of a mindful state is that it is free of judgment. Also, mindfulness is not a passive state; we apply intention when we are mindful” – the center for mindful eating

In today’s world most of us have forgotten how to eat mindfully. With busy schedules and stressful lives, we shove whatever food we can find into our mouths as we are walking out the door, sitting in traffic, or working late at our desks. Ever find yourself standing with the freezer door wide open only to realize  you have finished off a container of ice cream without taking the time to even enjoy it? Your mind and your mouth were completely detached.  When did our connection with food become so distant and problematic?

It seems that we have lost the ability to eat without negative emotions. Many people have a love/hate relationship with food. These “good” and “bad” associations with certain foods has left us unable to let go entirely in the experience of an incredible meal. If we could focus on each divine bite of that warm, gooey chocolate cake, we actually might eat less, and enjoy it more.

Food is a powerful sensual experience that engages all of your senses.

For this Monday, practice being mindful of all your senses:

1) Use your sight to look at food’s color and form with full concentration.

2) Smell a food’s aroma—both raw and cooked. Enjoy the freshness of a sliced lemon, the nuttiness of boiling brown rice.

3) Taste a food by letting it linger in your mouth for a long time. Chew slowly. Notice the different flavors that arise as the food moves along your tongue.

4) Experience details of a food’s texture as you chew. Is it smooth and creamy or light and air like?

5) Hear food as you crunch, munch, and pop it in your mouth. Bite into an apple and really listen to your teeth breaking the flesh.

 

Continue this practice as you move through the week and take note of how you feel after each meal.

 

 

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