“Mindful Eating”

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I’ve been learning about mindful eating. It’s about taking your time with each mouthful using your senses as you see, smell, feel and taste your food. So I listen to the instructor as she walks me through the process. She has a dark chocolate kiss, and I have a fresh gala Apple. I’m thinking I’d rather have her piece of chocolate, but my Apple will have to do. The first thing she ask you to do is look at what you’re about to eat. So I turn it around in my hands inspecting ever part of it.  My apple is quite beautiful with its variegated shades of reds, pinks and light greens looking like painted brush strokes. Tiny specks cover its flesh reminding me of my own freckles. I never saw that before. Next I am to smell it. I don’t get the smell of the apple just a fresh outdoorsy smell. A deep crackle sound pops as I bit into it, and all the fragrance trapped within its tight skin burst forth. Oh my God the taste, smell and feel of the Apple are all at once playing inside my mouth as the flavor squirts and rolls around on my tongue.

Wow! As we said in the 60’s, “what a trip that was.” Who knew eating an Apple could be such an adventure.

“So being a mindful eater,” the instructor says, “means You have to turn the TV off, and pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth.”

appleHum! Let me weigh this one out. Watching the news over or watching my food. That’s a no brainier for me, watching my food sounds like more fun.

 

About connieszone

I've come to know myself as a unique individual expression of God. I love that there is only one me in all the world. I'm still learning, growing and experiencing all the wonders that this life has to teach me. I live, move, and breath in this shell of a body God has given me, and together we travel. He see's, hears, taste, smells and touches all that I experience through the individual personality that I am. I believe He exist in each one of us for the same purpose. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. I love to write and express the many thoughts that swim around in my head. I love to read. I'm a creative crafty kind of person. I love being in my garden. I've been working on my families genecology for 25 years. I think that about sums me up for now.

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  1. I loved your experience’s description. Much occurs in seconds and minutes, and paying attention highlights the intensity of the ordinary in becoming extraordinary. Mindfulness in eating and overall living is an invaluable tool. Additionally, there are some advocates for mindful eating as a method to combat the very opposite, which is “mindless eating.” They argue the method can help reduce national obesity trends and the growing number of persons developing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high-blood pressure. You are the first person I read who writes on the subject of mindfulness in relation to eating on WP. Bravo.

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      • Absolutely! I stopped using the old phrase “practice makes perfect,” because there is no such thing as perfection. Instead, I say, “practice makes better.” We can strive for progress and improvement, while remaining kind to ourselves when we stumble. Keep moving forward 🙂

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