Are you conscious of what you put in your mouth? Do you go through your day on auto-pilot, consuming food as you go about your other daily activities while not paying attention to what you are putting into your mouth? Do you take the time to engage all your senses when you eat, not just taste?
Here is a simple exercise to help switch off the auto-pilot eating habits we have practised over the years, and to promote a greater awareness of eating.
1. Choose a quiet time and a place that is free of distractions.
2. Choose a healthy food, such as a piece of fresh fruit or some vegetables.
3. Take time to notice its shape and texture, its colour and the way it smells before you bite into it.
4. Put a bite in your mouth and savor the way it feels, tastes, and sounds as you slowly chew and move it around in your mouth.
5. Now swallow and take notice of how your stomach feels when it receives the food.
6. Repeat this process bite after bite until the food is finished.
7. Notice how your body feels – is there a feeling of fullness or hunger?
Taking the time to connect with the food we eat can help focus our awareness on what we are eating and why.
You might also like to check out the following link to a video of a mindful eating exercise.
This challennge came from member Jinlyn
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