I sat down to eat my breakfast – scrambled eggs with shredded zucchini and a grapefruit. While I was eating the eggs, my mind instantly went to the past and remembered the times my Dad would make weekend breakfasts for us and I was always impressed at how he would time the eggs and toast to be done at the exact same time. Then, my mind went to the future as I thought about an email I needed to send. When I caught myself and came back to the present, my eggs were gone and I realized I had no connection to eating them. It’s a good thing I had the grapefruit so I could try this mindful eating thing again!
With the grapefruit, I focused. I slowed down, I focused on the color, I thought about the nutrients I was receiving, I noticed how I scooped each piece out, I enjoyed sharing it with my son, I focused on how it tasted and how I felt eating it. I was fully present with the grapefruit for a few moments. Then my mind jumped to the future again as I thought this would be a good idea for my next etip!
Where does your mind go while you are eating?
Eating mindfully reminds me of meditation. The goal is to quiet the mind and be present, but it can be very challenging to do. I was taught to be a witness to your thoughts. Notice them, acknowledge them and bring yourself right back to where you are. When it comes to mindful eating, that is the best advice I can give you.
Practice mindful eating. It helps to slow you down, it is better for digestion and metabolism, it increases nutrient absorption and it is an opportunity to connect with yourself. While eating, if your mind visits the past, or jumps to the future, catch it, and bring yourself back to your meal, where you can find stillness, presence, enjoyment and nourishment. You will receive so much more benefit from your food when you practice eating mindfully.