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

Friday, November 22, 2013

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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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