Eating with Your Eyes Closed


On Friday, I had a brownie for dessert. I remember it clearly because I ate it differently than I normally would. Without even noticing it, I closed my eyes while I was chewing the brownie. All of the sudden, everything else melted away and all of my senses were concentrated on the way the brownie smelled, felt and tasted in my mouth.

The experience was out of this world. I mention it here because it reminded me of how simple and easy it is to truly enjoy our food….and how often we don’t.

When I was a kid, my mother always knew that I really liked what I was eating if I started to hum. This kind of pure enjoyment, the simple pleasure of eating is so often lost on us as we get older and life gets increasingly fast paced. There are a number of mindful eating exercises out there and I encourage you to try one. The Center for Mindful Eating is a great resource and you can check out our review of the principles of mindful eating.

Or, just eat a fresh-baked brownie with your eyes closed. You’ll see what I mean.


3 responses to “Eating with Your Eyes Closed”

  1. Marsha says:

    Great reminder of how wonderful things can be if we just slow down and take the time to pay attention. Thanks, Emily!

  2. Ellie says:

    I still sometimes hum when food is really good. I was out to lunch with a friend last week, having Mexican food, and it was so good I hummed! And chocolate is great with your eyes closed, isn’t it. Funny how those other senses get in the way of taste.

  3. Selma says:

    So true…I just did this with one stick of a kit-kat bar and it was the most amazing chocolate that I’ve had in my life.


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