How’s your relationship with food?
Do you scoff your meal, barely chewing and rushing to the end as though someone’s going to rob you of the contents of your plate? OR do you take it slow, savour every bite, breathe deeply between mouthfuls and eat only until you’re satisfied?
Hmmm. There’s no right or wrong but how you eat can have a massive effect on how you digest your food, what you absorb and how you feel for the following 24 hours.
I think ‘engaging’ with your food and appreciating where it’s come from are healthy steps towards any kind of weight loss, improved digestion and overall wellbeing.
So I’m going to get all tantric on you and encourage you to get intimate with your food and savour each mouthful as if you’re engaging in a long, slow, lush kiss with someone who completely turns you on!
I gave a talk at the start of the year at Elevate Events’ ‘Reset for 2012’ on Living Curiously (my favourite subject). One of the ways I educated on this was to encourage attendees to participate in an eating meditation once a week.
Errrrm. So you’re probably visualising yourself sitting cross legged, incense burning, with a bowl of cereal in your hands. Not so. I challenge you to sit down to a meal and do the following (as strange as this may seem, just play along and try it out)
1. Silently acknowledge where your food has come from and how it got to your plate (growers, labourers, transport, markets etc). Continual acknowledgement and gratitude will only lead to healthier / cleaner food choices.
2. Take a deep breath in through your nose and smell your food followed by a long exhalation.
3. Actually taste your food. This may sound obvious but can you acknowledge the flavour as though it’s the first time you’ve eaten something?
4. Chew slowly noticing the texture of your food. When you do swallow notice the sensation of food sliding down your throat into your stomach.
5. Settle. Let there be some stillness as though allowing your first bite to settle before plunging in for your next mouthful.
Repeat the whole process on the next mouthful.
I’m asking you to do this for your first few bites only.
Slow down. Appreciate & enjoy. LIVE CURIOUSLY.
What and how you choose to eat today, effects how you feel tomorrow. Only always.