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Have a safe and happy New Year! May 2013 be all that you want it to be.
I would like to share two great resources about eating more mindfully. When I first came across the term, I thought, “What, I don’t understand.” How many times do you eat your meals in a rush? You are running out the door in the morning and grab a donut, bagel, or some other quick item to eat. Lunch is usually quick and may even be at your desk while working. Dinner might look like this – get home from work, take care of kids, prepare dinner, take care of kids, clean up before going to bed, go to bed. All of these scenarios are rushed and lack mindfulness.
To help understand the concept of eating more mindfully, Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung shares from a book she co-wrote with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh ‘Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life’ about how being more mindful of what we eat contributes to our overall health.
Video from KarmaTube
Also, Psychology Today offers suggestions on how to eat more mindfully:
- Try taking the first four sips of a cup of hot tea or coffee with full attention.
- If you are reading and eating, try alternating these activities, not doing both at once. Read a page, then put the book down and eat a few bites, savoring the tastes, then read another page, and so on.
- At family meals, you might ask everyone to eat in silence for the first five minutes, thinking about the many people who brought the food to your plates.
- Try eating one meal a week mindfully, alone and in silence. Be creative. For example, could you eat lunch behind a closed office door, or even alone in our car?
Start being more mindful of what you put in your body for fuel and watch how your health thanks you.