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My first mindful meal

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

One of the goals for my new lifestyle is to eat 2 meals a week mindfully, without watching TV or doing something on the computer. This is a biiiiig change for me. I'm starting small and will hopefully build up from there.

I was a little panicked as I sat down to lunch: What will I do?! Won't I just rush through it so I can get back to the computer?!

I can't say that I was entirely focused on the act of eating for the whole time, but I did bring my mind back to it every time it wandered so that I could slow down, focus, and try to chew a little bit more. I'm sure my stomach problems are not helped by the way I gobble food down.

And you know what? It was actually quite relaxing. It's very quiet here today and I just listened to the silence and took a bit of time. I am now in the strange position of being time-rich (and everything else-poor) so I have to switch the way I think about everything. In the coffee shop yesterday I forced myself not to worry that the queue was moving slowly because it doesn't matter anymore. Such a mind bender for me!

One other thing I noticed when I finished lunch was that I immediately wanted 'a little something extra'. Having examined this thought I realised I wasn't hungry, and if I had already brought that something to the table, I would still want an 'extra' extra. There's something about sneaking in something else at the end of a meal which really pulls me in. I'm glad I've identified it, but now I'm off to the shops to buy milk, and a small packet of crisps for my something extra. What!? I'll deal with how to deal with that thought tomorrow!
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  • v VW_STEPH
    It's nice not having to rush in a coffee shop eh?

    I lol'd at - "I'll deal with how to deal with that" hehe.

    Progress is progress. :)
    1007 days ago
    I still have to master this art! Find I am rushing from place to place and sometimes do not have the luxury to take time to eat. I know that I need to change this.
    1027 days ago
  • v AUNTB63
    I like your goal and your plans on handling it. I know how hard it is to eat with nothing else going on. I find myself eating too fast and wanting more or not remembering just what I ate when I muti task. I too am working on eating with nothing going on but eating.....good luck. WE can do this. emoticon
    1028 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1028 days ago
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