Eating for Pleasure: Dive Right In!


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.

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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Mindful Eating for Healthy Living[end-div]As you listen to satiety cues, this diving into the food affect 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 will 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 then allows for the pleasure of letting go.

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The Mindful Eating Experiment[end-div]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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