15 Feb It is time for Mindful Eating
8 Steps to Mindful Eating:
Do you wolf your food down as if you are in a race against time?
Is mealtime a process or a function, instead of a moment to savour and enjoy?
Is weight loss an issue for you?
Would you put dirty petrol into your car and expect it to run well?
It is a generalisation yet I’ll say it anyway … Westerners, not all but a lot of them, are not mindful eaters. Don’t get caught doing this but I challenge you to observe people eating in cafes and restaurants. Watch how fast they eat. Do they chew their food or just chomp and swallow? Would they know what they are eating or are they just filling their bellies with whatever is on their plate? Are they washing the food down with 600ml of soft-drink which is the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar?
OK scary thought but consider that someone is observing you as you eat. What eating image do you present?
So how do you change this? With Mindful eating. The 8 beginner’s steps are:
- Check the size of your hand. The size of your palm is the recommended portion of protein. While the size of your finger spread represents the salads and vege. Anything more than that on your plate means that you are overeating.
- Drink a 250ml glass of water before the meal and also during the meal. Don’t skull it … it isn’t a race.
- Turn all mobile devices to silent and don’t have them visible at the table. That “very important oh my god the world is ending” instagram message or tweet can wait.
- Put your cutlery (yes knives and forks) down 3 times during the meal … and pause.
- Chew your food and maybe even count up to 12 times as you chew and then swallow. Let the food move around in your mouth and really be aware of the taste, the texture and the sensation.
- Ask yourself if the food tastes fresh or is it processed. Does it taste manufactured?
- Be aware when you are satisfied … not when you are full … this is not a belly-filling contest. Just be satisfied. And if there is food left on the plate … that is OK. This is not an “all you can eat restaurant”.
- Be grateful for the farmer who grew the produce. Be grateful to the animals who provided the meat. Be grateful to the person who prepared and cooked the meal … even if it was you. Be grateful that you have really enjoyed this meal. Your body has really appreciated this meal. Your engine is now running much more efficiently as a result.
Practice makes perfect. Make this your daily practice with every mealtime. Even if you are sitting in a car eating a sandwich for lunch … you can still do this (without the knife and fork …obviously).
For more information about how Hypnotherapy can help you with your goals, contact Brett Cameron now at Cameron Hypnotics at The Junction.
Your body will thank you.