While I was away I committed to doing one thing at a time. One of those things was learning how to eat without external distractions.
Also coined mindful eating.
So often we find ourselves eating in front of the TV, with a magazine or book in hand or simply while we talk to someone across the table. I was BIG on multitasking while I ate, the TV, my computer, social media even while I trained people! What I realize now (after a month away from those distractions) is just how disconnected I was from my food! No wonder I ate copious amounts in one sitting or never felt like I really enjoyed my treats let alone remembered eating them!
Do you polish off a packet of biscuits in one go?
Do you remember exactly what your dinner looked like last night?
Do constantly feel unsatisfied with the food you eat?
Do you over eat?
If any of these ring a bell then you’re probably suffering from food disregard.
What are the benefits of Mindful Eating I hear you say?
I experienced the following –
Less consumption in one sitting
Satisfied with the food I had served myself
Sated by smaller servings of sweet treats
Never felt like I’d eaten too much
Remembered the meals I ate
Remembered the meals out that tasted like shit (vowing to never make the same mistake!)
This is the moment where I present you with a challenge!
The next meal after reading this I encourage you to try attentive consumption. I’ve broken it down into 5 steps below to make it easier to navigate.
MINDFUL EATING HOW TO
- Get completely involved in making your food, limit distractions during the cooking process if you’re at home.
- Rather than hoeing in, allow your food to cool admiring the colours and arrangement on your plate (your taste buds actually pick up on flavours better when your food isn’t piping hot!)
- Pick a space away from technology or major distractions and loud noises.
- As you eat notice the smells, textures, colours, flavours and feelings that may come up for you.
- When you’re finished really savor the experience you had with what you just ate. Take a moment or 5 before you rush off to do something else.
It may drive you nuts at first to slow down, but be patient and try it more than once to really notice the benefits of being fully aware of what’s going in your mouth! You don’t have to do it during every meal, but more often than not can have a very positive affect on they way you relate to food.
After all enjoying our food is one of the best parts of being human 🙂
Check out the Food Diary, 4 Day Cleanse or Shopping List if you’re looking to improve your food selection or contact me for Meal Plans and Coaching.