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!