I don’t know about you, but eating is one of my favorite things to do. I have a burning passion for exploring different cuisines, flavor profiles, restaurants, etc. and love, love, love sitting down for a nourishing meal. Especially with friends.
Despite my self-proclaimed love, I recently noticed that I’m not getting the most out the time when I eat by myself (which is a lot more often now that I work from home) because of distraction.
I want to change this habit and eat more mindfully. Mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving up anything at all. It’s about experiencing food more intensely, especially the pleasure of it. It’s about enjoying each bite, understanding what and how much you are consuming and having a full mind body connection to nourishment. Here are 3 ways I’m trying to be more mindful about my meals:
Am I alone on this or do you ever sit down to eat and get side tracked by Insta, Snap, Youtube, your phone, computer, et al. and before you know it, you look down and wonder, where did all my food go? Almost as though you didn’t even eat! I’m not saying I’ll never eat pizza in front of the TV ever again, but that too should be a conscious choice that marks the exception, not the norm.
You know how when you meditate you are focusing on exactly how your body feels and how the breaths feel coming and going? Eating should be no different. Instead of shoving down food without much thought, I want to take time to think about the texture I’m experience, the bursts of flavors, and how much better I feel during a healthy meal.
I think being mindful about what I’m eating starts in the kitchen. Even if it’s a busy day and I need to rely on a pre-packed salad, I like the idea of mindfully putting that meal together. Putting it in a bowl instead of eating out of the plastic cup, or whipping together my own salad dressing real quick and appreciating that process. When things feel more like a true meal and not just a quick fix, it’s a whole lot easier to eat in the moment.
Who else needs to work on mindful eating?