One of the very best things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
Eating is one of the great pleasures of life. However, if you do anything multiple times a day, every day, it tends to get stale. Eating is no exception; and in an age of distraction, feeding ourselves has become our most unconscious activity. To prove my point, ask yourself, what did I eat last night for dinner? Or, what did I eat in the car on the way home from the grocery store? Another good question is how many cookies did I eat while reading in bed?
If you can answer those questions, congratulations! You know what you ate. However, were you eating with mindfulness? Try to answer these questions:
What were the textures of the food?
Did the aroma remind you of anything?
Were the colors on your plate inviting?
I wager that most people cannot recall their last meal, much less describe what they ate in the car, during the meeting, at the game, over the sink or on the couch.
You are invited to join me at the Cohn School in Nashville on Thursday, June 28 at 6pm for Mindful Eating and Weight Loss. In this interactive workshop you will experience mindful eating and learn practices to reshape your relationship with food.