Eating for Pleasure: Dive Right In!


The following post is by Paula Shulman, a licensed clinical social worker who worked with us at Green Mountain for several weeks. She found our approach to healthy eating intriguing to say the least. This post is where she “went” after one of our classes.

mindful eating eating for pleasureOne of the principles of healthy eating is pleasure!

Through mindful eating you learn:

  • how to experience the full sensations of the food
  • how it looks, smells
  • all the flavors
  • how it feels in your mouth.

You find a pace that is right for you. You might eat slower. You don’t wait until you are too hungry because you have come to understand that if you restrict your eating, it might trigger a binge and the impulse to eat quickly turns into loss of control.

But what about the pleasure of experiencing in a mindful way the initial savoring and “attack” of the food when you are ready to eat? This experience is part of mindful eating, too.

  • Sinking your teeth into a fresh piece of corn.
  • Tearing meat off a beef rib.
  • Pulling off the leaves an artichoke and pulling them through your teeth.

Diving Into Food Mindfully Is Not The Same As Bingeing

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As you listen to satiety cues, this diving into the food effect is normal and not the same as bingeing, although it might feel a little too familiar.

If you can accept that it will be there and greet it with pleasure, not fear, you are more likely to enjoy it in a mindful way.  As your initial hunger begins to soften, you can shift and begin to slow down and savor the more subtle flavors and essences of the food.

So many times women have been made to feel self-conscious to let anyone see them enjoying eating, let alone diving right in.  Part of the secret binge allows for the pleasure of letting go.

When we give ourselves permission to experience “diving in” in a mindful way instead of panic or fear, it allows us to slow down when we want and to find our own balance.

Find opportunities where you feel free to experiment without worry what anyone thinks.  Don’t be afraid of foods that might be more hands on, or messy.   Define for yourself what is right for you.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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