Mindful eating

(english) It seems that lately I have been hearing more and more about mindful eating and I spot a new trend. I asked my manager if she had heard this and she said, “yes, lately I have read the same thing.”

It made me reflect and think about what mindful eating means to me? First, it reminds me of the meditation center I belong to called Brahma Kumaris. Their philosophy is about cooking in meditation and putting good intention and energy into the food you are cooking while meditating. To them, food is life’s energy.

I guess, the same should count for eating. To me, that means appreciation of the food in front of me, stillness, reflecting on what is on the plate and where it came from, chewing slowly, savoring your food, and being in the moment (no phone!). At first, reading this might sound like a new age mumbo-jumbo but we all well know the science and power of meditation so why not apply it to our meals. In the age of conscious uncoupling there is conscious eating and, I guess, a return back to how things where before we started living in the fast lane, getting unhealthy and often obese. The new world has taken away a lot of great values in dining and sharing the table. More and more we are awakening to the importance of going back to basics and what life should be more like.

It made me reflect and think about what mindful eating means to me? First, it reminds me of the meditation center I belong to called Brahma Kumaris. Their philosophy is about cooking in meditation and putting good intention and energy into the food you are cooking while meditating. To them, food is life’s energy.

I guess, the same should count for eating. To me, that means appreciation of the food in front of me, stillness, reflecting on what is on the plate and where it came from, chewing slowly, savoring your food, and being in the moment (no phone!). At first, reading this might sound like a new age mumbo-jumbo but we all well know the science and power of meditation so why not apply it to our meals. In the age of conscious uncoupling there is conscious eating and, I guess, a return back to how things where before we started living in the fast lane, getting unhealthy and often obese. The new world has taken away a lot of great values in dining and sharing the table. More and more we are awakening to the importance of going back to basics and what life should be more like.

I admit to being the fastest eater I know, I know it is not good and it is the reason I over eat most of the time. I am also known to have a big appetite, like very few people I know. I come from a family of eaters. I have sat at a restaurant with my sister and ordered, basically, the entire menu and ate it all. It was so much that the chef actually came to ask if we where putting food in our handbags! So… you get what I am saying and where I am going with this.

 

(english) Lately, I have sat in front of my plate a few times and have consciously chosen to apply this mindful eating thing. The result: I had joy in my meal and was full much quicker. My dads little voice came up in my head, ”wait 20 minutes, if your still hungry then you can get seconds but chances are you will not need to.” The 20-minute rule works great when you eat this way. We often eat so much more than our body needs and, in many cases, we get much less nourishment due to our choices.

As with all disciplines, I would like to be able to implement this on all my meals but like every muscle, it must be practiced daily for it to grow and become a habit. I am a work in progress but have definitely set this as a goal. Just because I am chef, it does not mean I don’t struggle with food. Actually, I always have. Therefore, it does take effort and discipline. I am not always successful at sticking to my plan but I am ok with that as well.

5 chica tips to practice mindful eating

1. Remove any distractions (good-bye phone)
2. Plan your meals so that you know you are incorporating nutritionally dense options.
3. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.
4. Work on releasing any emotional connection to food.
5. Be in tune with your body and learn to recognize your physical hunger cues.

What is your mindful experience?

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