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Monday, January 18, 2010

Eating Mindfully

Photograph: “Golden Treasures” by P. Grodecki


I am certain that many of us are sometimes guilty of reading or watching TV while having lunch. We may, in fact, often feel reluctant to eat alone. I agree that eating alone on a regular basis makes for an insipid experience, regardless of how good the food may taste; nonetheless, when without the company of another person, we are actually presented with a good opportunity to practise eating mindfully.

If you tend to read or watch TV while ‘grabbing a bite to eat,’ you may find it enjoyable to make an event of your lunch hour while also benefiting from the company of your own self. Eating alone is a wonderful meditative exercise that allows us to truly focus on what we eat, why we eat it, and how we feel during and after the meal. This week, I invite you to take your time while eating lunch. Do not answer the phone, watch TV, read, or speak with anyone. Instead, make this your own special time. You may even wish to close your eyes and then focus on every bite or sip, the texture of your food, and every flavour fused together to create a wholesome, delicious meal. Before or after your meal, you may also wish to reflect on how thankful you feel for the earth and the people who have worked diligently, at every step, to provide you with delicious nourishment.

Similarly, I encourage you to choose mindfully the food that you eat. Do you feel you need extra vitamins – especially during the winter season? Choose fresh – preferably organic – fruits and vegetables on which to snack throughout the day. Do you feel like having food with carbs? Take pleasure in browsing your local grocery store or bakery for wholesome multi-grain bread and whole-wheat pasta. If you are experiencing cravings, perhaps your body is sending a message to you. Listen to it, and treat it kindly with healthy nutrition.

Eat when you’re hungry and try to make a true, pleasant experience of every meal, instead of rushing through it simply because you know you need to fuel your body in order to get through the day. We are fortunate and blessed to have a multitude of nutritional choices and it’s up to us to make time to enjoy them and gain the most from our eating experience.

Affirmations:

“I am kind to my body. I choose wholesome foods and ingredients, and make time to enjoy every meal.” “

I am thankful for the wide selection of nutritious choices that are available to me.”


I was pleasantly surprised to find a website with a focus on mindful eating. If you're interested in additional information on eating mindfully, visit The Center for Mindful Eating.

Wishing you a physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually nourishing week!

Namaste!

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