In America, we rush around most of the time like chickens with our heads cut off and in the hurry, we consume our dinner in the car or drink our greens because chewing takes such a long time. Maybe you eat standing up because you are pressed for time and gotta GO (I do it too). Maybe you nosh on lunch while you continue to work away at your desk.
I know that we have time constraints, but practicing healthy behaviors can be established no.matter.what. You just have to start where you’re at and stop waiting for the perfect time (because that’s an illusion).
Mindful eating at its core is paying attention. And not just an “in one ear, out the other” paying attention but being deliberate about what you notice, taste, smell, experience and ultimately, slowing the eff down. By giving your self space to eat without distractions can make all the difference in how you experience the food and your satisfaction (which has a direct correlation to your well-being).
Yes, the most ideal place to eat a meal is at a table. But honestly, I’ve found that any place that is calm can help you focus and recenter (which is extremely important for your mental and emotional health). I mean, a park bench on a crisp sunny day is 10x better than answering another email that will still be there when you get back anyway. Prioritize eating in a calm environment to establish eating routines that nourish you with more than what you simply put in your mouth.
Whether you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes, choosing to eat mindfully is a practice that allows you to appreciate the moment. In this appreciation, mindful eaters tend to eat less have a more positive outlook on their food choices (whether you’re eating bland leftovers or a 5 course meal). By having a more positive outlook on your food choices, it’s easier to move on and carry out the more important tasks for the day.
In general I find many of my clients and people I know feel disconnected from their bodies and don’t notice the subtleties. And let me tell you, it’s in this disconnection is where we find the beginnings of anxiety, rumblings, discontent. Mindful eating is a powerful and easy way to establish an intention and connection 3 times a day (or however often you eat).
Here are 5 ways to get started at your next meal regardless of your time constraints:
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