August 15, 2014
Mindful eating can help us focus on staying healthy, relieve stress and get rid of any hang-ups we may have about eating. You do not have to deprive yourself of your favorite food. You do have to take one bite, and notice its texture, smell and flavor. Think about what you are feeling at that moment. Meditate on the purpose and give in to the experience.
Mindful eating is based on ancient Buddhist teachings that strive to expand the consciousness by meditating while eating. It focuses on awareness, not only of the food, but also of oneself. It is not what you eat, but what you are thinking while eating. Pausing to savor the morsel in your mouth will become second-nature, and with your senses fulfilled, you may decide that you do not need the next bite.
It might be difficult at first as we are a society of instant gratification, so be encouraged with every small step taken. Practice mindful eating one meal a week or do something simple like unplugging from your phone at your next dinner. Try eating in silence or enhancing the area where you eat. Take note of the fresh blooms outside your window at your breakfast table. We may surprise ourselves how eating mindfully could change our perspective on eating and our body image.