Mindful Eating – An Assignment for the Week

A few weeks ago, we shared an infographic about mindful eating.  This week, we would like you to actively work on being mindful while you eat.  Look at the options below and try to do one of these each day.  Write down how you feel. If you want, you can even share it with us on Facebook. 

  1. Take the first few sips of a cup of hot tea or coffee with full attention.
  2. Do not eat and read at the same time.  Alternate activites.  Read one page and then turn away form your digital device or book and take a bite of food.  When you are done chewing, turn back to the book or digital device.  This will take you longer to accomplish both tasks but you will find that you remember eating our food, it won’t just disappear.
  3. Eat in silence for the first five minutes of your meal.  It can be without purpose or you can ask everyone sitting at the table to think about the way the food ended up in front of them and the people who made your meal possible.
  4. Try eating one meal a week mindfully, alone and in silence.  Pay attention to how this feels for you and if it changes what you decide to eat and how you eat it.

Here is a mindful eating article from the NY Times. The article delves into mindful eating and how companies like google are bringing mindful eating into the workplace.

In an article by Harvard Health Publications, the following starter tips are offered:

  1. Start by eating one meal a day mindfully.
  2. Set a timer for 20 minutes.  Sit at the table for at least that time period without turning on the television or using a digital device.
  3. Take small bites and chew well.
  4. Before opening the fridge or cabinet, take a breath and ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Do something else, like reading or going on a short walk before going back and grabbing something to eat.
  5. Eat silently for five minutes, thinking about what it took to produce that meal, from the sun’s rays to the farmer to the grocer to the cook.

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