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SP article on Mindful Eating --I need this so much!

Friday, November 22, 2013

emoticon Becky Hand's description of her mom's mindful eating is a joy to read. Please go to the article for that. emoticon

Here is a part of this article and it is not actually the most interesting part of the article:
Again I suggest you go to the link and read Becky's heart-warming piece about her Mom. emoticon

While you prepare your family favorite recipes for your Thanksgiving feast, remember how modern kitchen equipment and supplies have greatly altered the cooking process and food choices. Think about running water, refrigeration, small and large electric appliances, your stove, range top and microwave. Could you possibly prepare a meal without them? Savor the smells of the ground cinnamon used in the pumpkin pie, the sage in your dressing, and the buttery-sweet yeast-leavened dinner rolls. Become aware of the motions of your body as you stuff the bird, mash the potatoes, and stir the gravy. Experience the coolness as you open the refrigerator, the stifling heat of the oven, and the warmth of the dishwater in your sink.

Prior to eating, turn off the distractions: television, radio, phone and computer. Quiet your mind as you prepare to “dig in,” but first stop, take a deep breath, and position your body for the bounty you are about to receive.

First, give attention to your hunger. What messages are you receiving that your body needs food? Where are the places in your body that you feel hunger? As hunger increases do you become light-headed, does your tummy growl, or do you become anxious?

Give 100% attention to every food on your plate. As you take the first bite, notice the size, shape, and color. Feel the texture and delight in the flavor as the food travels your mouth and coats every taste bud. Experience your food intently and enjoy the pleasure it brings. Notice the feeling of comfort as your hunger subsides.

You will probably discover that this level of focus is difficult to maintain. You probably won’t be able to do it 100%. But like all new habits, it is a work in progress. Continue with your mindful eating project. Set weekly goals as you increase the number of meals and amount of time you are able to dedicate to this practice.
Become present at your meals this holiday season by shining the spotlight on your food selections and the act of eating. This mindfulness can play a huge role in changing the way you approach, enjoy, honor and relate to food.

NOTE: If Thanksgiving Day is too chaotic for this mindful eating project to begin, feel free to select another starting date in November.

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ARTJAC 11/24/2013 10:05PM


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NELLJONES 11/23/2013 7:33AM

    I think what you allude to is gratitude that we even HAVE electric ovens, refrigerators, indoor plumbing and the bounty of a grocery store. Mindful gratitude is a good thing to have every moment of every day.

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2HAMSDIET 11/23/2013 7:21AM

    Great blog. I have been for over the past year been studying mindfulness and have fun it to be such a life changer for me. Thank you again for sharing and have a great weekend. emoticon

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RD03875 11/23/2013 7:15AM

    I am too focused on how I fixed the food and if it tastes good, I worry about weather it tastes good to my guests. I don't get caught up in the past when cooking stuff.

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PATRICIA441 11/23/2013 7:11AM

    I am finding when I have my act together as I like to describe it, I am a lot more aware of what I am eating, what it looks like and tastes like. I am eating to fuel my body not to mindless eat things that are not good for me. It is a daily process and is becoming easier with time . I thank God for that every day!

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DRAGON-CHICK 11/23/2013 5:21AM

    Great blog!

"You will probably discover that this level of focus is difficult to maintain" - Big time. It seems that American are conditioned to multi-task. Simplicity is not encouraged.

I need to read this again.
And again!


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MADAMES 11/23/2013 1:34AM

    Thank you for sharing some wonderful advice!

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ALIHIKES 11/23/2013 12:58AM

    Great ways to be mindful (and thankful) at every meal. Thanks for sharing!

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NASFKAB 11/22/2013 11:50PM

  great advice

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COCK-ROBIN 11/22/2013 11:25PM

    Great advice for Thanksgiving.

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ARTJAC 11/22/2013 11:20PM


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IMREITE 11/22/2013 11:08PM

    i am not very mindful about eating or the process of selecting a good snack.

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SANDRALEET 11/22/2013 9:24PM

    Good advice

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JAMBABY0 11/22/2013 9:17PM

    thanks for sharing

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