one week of mindful eating
Saturday, February 07, 2015
I was pondering as I walked home from work the other day how focusing on being mindful while eating was moving into other parts of my life. I have been focusing more on the present moment not only while eating, but also while walking, working out at the gym, doing the dishes, even watching TV! And it's a wonderful thing.
So for the mindful eating, I notice it's taking me longer to finish a meal. I'm making an effort to really chew my food thoroughly, to enjoy the taste and textures of what I'm eating, putting the fork/knife/spoon down between bites, instead of hurriedly making the next forkful read to shove into my mouth. I'm not perfect, sometimes I find myself getting that forkful ready before I've even started chewing! Then I put the fork down and refocus. It will take a while to develop this habit, but I feel like I am making progress. There are so many distractions one can take advantage of, that it's easy to fall back into the habit of not paying attention and rushing through a meal. That's why I keep reminding myself to focus on this one goal for this month, and not push too hard to get in everything.
For example, Friday I had my gym bag packed and was going to do a kettlebell workout after work. But then I got a slight headache, it was rainy out, and I was still feeling sore from my Monday and Wednesday sessions. So I skipped it. And I didn't beat myself up about it, because sometimes you just have to adjust, regroup, and do something more important. Friday rest was more important than forcing a workout when I wasn't feeling up to it.
So all in all, I'm happy with my progress this week. I may not be perfectly mindful every meal, but I'm noticing when I'm rushing, and allowing myself to slow down. And I have also noticed my hunger cues ate getting easier to notice, not only when I'm getting hungry, but also when I'm feeling satisfied and have eaten enough. This is what I'm working toward.