Eating Mindfully

Lately, I have been paying more attention to what I eat and reading labels like never before. As one gets older, sugar, salt and fats, can begin to cause gastric distress. My mother would always emphasize the importance of eating slowly, chewing your food completely and focusing on enjoying your meal.  She hated fast foods and insisted that eating in a big rush would backfire eventually. I could almost hear her repeating these ideas. She has been gone for nearly two decades but her advise resonates in mind all the time,

I started working on a mindful eating exercise. Here are the steps.

  1. Choose a favorite meal. Start with absolute focus on one part of the meal.
  2. I usually focus on the most colorful food on my plate.
  3. Examine and explore the food as if you had never seen or tasted it before.
  4. Focus on its color, shape, texture, aroma, and even the name.
  5. Once you start chewing on your food. focus on taste. Savor it.
  6. Note any sensation such as smoothness, crunchiness, or other distinctive feeling.
  7. Be mindful of when you actually swallow  your food.
  8. Send it off to you digestive system with a positive thought.

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