Life can be busy and sometimes it can be difficult to fit in life’s essentials, let alone to take time to notice the wonders of life and to take pleasure in the small joys that life has to offer.
In a hectic life it is easy to forgo enjoyment in a bid to cram everything in, but sometimes we need to savour the froth on the cappuccino or enjoy the texture of a summer strawberry. How often do we just devour our meals in an autonomous fashion? Using food as just a fuel for the body and eating it as quickly as possible deprives us of any joy or pleasure from the process of eating.
Mindless eating not only denies you the joy of enjoying food, but can lead to digestive problems, weight gain and emotional eating. It’s our birthright to derive pleasure from the food we eat, it is one of our basic and natural instincts. Examples of mindless eating include: multi-tasking whilst eating, eating past being full and eating in accordance with our emotions i.e. in response to stress, depression, sadness or despondency.
Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking. It means being present and focused on the food and drink we are consuming; paying attention to the colours, aromas, textures, flavours, temperatures, and even the sounds of the food. Whilst also paying attention to the experience of the body; noting when we feel hungry; satisfaction and when our hunger or thirst is quenched.
To start eating mindfully you could try some of these simple exercises:
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