“Try this: place a forkful of food in your mouth. It doesn’t matter what the food is, but make it something you love —
let’s say it’s the first nibble of three hot, fragrant, perfectly cooked ravioli ” says Jeff Gordinier of the New York Times.
“Mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving up anything at all. It’s about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it.
You can eat a cheeseburger mindfully, if you wish. You might enjoy it a lot more. Or you might decide, halfway through, that your body has had enough.”
Mindful eating can bring you back to your body, away from the mindless, numbing behavior of eating of bingeing.
“For many people, eating fast means eating more. Mindful eating is meant to nudge us beyond what we’re craving so that we wake up to why we’re craving it” reports Gordinier.
3 steps to mindful eating we use at Green Mountain are:
- Notice: the color, texture or shape of your food…describe it to yourself
- Pause: put down your fork, smell your next bite, breathe
- Enjoy: the taste, the chewing, your hunger or fullness
Have you experimented with a silent mindful meal at home? What comes up for you?