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.