Have you looked into 'Mindfulness'? It's the real-time opposite of mindless, wherein one ensures to be fully present in the moment, even while engaged in an activity. A Buddhist meditative practice, historically. In the case of eating, the 'mental exercise' is to bring one's attention fully into the here and now. Pscyhologists suggest that 'the present' is about a 3 second window of consciousness (that most people are too distracted by thought to perceive); and has to be continually refreshed or the mind begins to wander. In Mindfulness practice, one holds the attention onto the present moment - onto what one is doing, feeling, and thinking - until thought eventually subsides under the rigor of allocating the brain's resources to maintaining its grip on the 'now'. Eating under that circumstance is an entirely different experience than the norm, and it is intense, activating the brain's 'fullness' mechanism much earlier in the meal, because it knows 'full well' what is occurring in the moment, as one chews and immerses one's self into each slow bite, each even slower chew and swallow.
Very sensual, very fulfilling, and very appetite reducing.
Edited by: MRMENTALFITNESS at: 9/9/2008 (12:23)
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