The following post is by Paula Shulman, a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with us at Green Mountain for several weeks. She’s found our approach to healthy eating intriguing to say the least. This post is where she “went” after one of our classes.
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
Mindful Eating for Healthy Living
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 then allows for the pleasure of letting go.
The Mindful Eating Experiment
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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