I’ve been talking a lot about food lately and one of the most powerful tools we have to deal with how we eat is our mind.
We all know willpower is not an innate trait. Can we train our mind to relate to food in a different more positive way? Absolutely!
How you ask? Mindfulness. What is mindfulness you ask? It is simply becoming aware of what we are doing. In this case, eating.
Here are five simple steps that will begin to change your relationship to food:
- Sit for a moment before you eat with your eyes closed (even if it’s a snack.)
- Open your eyes and look at the food in front of you.
- Think about the nourishment you are about to consume. (If you don’t like what you see on your plate, don’t eat it.)
- Eat slowly; chewing your food and tasting each bite. If it doesn’t taste fulfilling, stop eating.
- When you are partly through your meal, check in with yourself. Complete your meal when you are 2/3 full.
Try this exercise with each and every meal. I know time is limited. It will literally take a few moments. And yes, those moments can rock your world. Note the thoughts that occur while you go through this experience.
- How and who prepares your food?
- Where does your food come from?
- How are the people treated your harvest your food?
- Make sure you are in a safe place when you eat, with people you enjoy.
- Avoid arguments, electronics (i.e. TV, phone), and negativity during meals.
- Set up your eating experience to feel warm, safe, comfortable.
- Prepare your food thoughtfully. I like to chant when I’m cooking. Some people enjoy music.
I can hear the distention already-“TIME”, “I can’t control who makes my food or where it comes from”, “NO TIME.” If you’ve stayed with me thus far, thank you.
I know you are busy. We are all busy and it seems as time passes, we are getting busier. I am of the mindset that we need to change our level of busy-ness. Some things need to be fast–like our internet connection, but some things were meant to be slow–like building relationships and eating.
The next few weeks I’ll be taking a look at easy ways to slow down and build a mindfulness practice.
You might even consider building a meditation practice if you don’t already have one. I am offering a month-long program to build a meditation practice in November. Click here for details.
I would love, love, love to hear about your experiences with this eating mindfulness exercise. Please share below!