Learn to appreciate every bite but don’t indulge in it…..
Eat mindfully and be thankful is the new wave on getting on the bandwagon. Following Oprah and many other celebrities out there who are choosing to follow TM which is Transcendental Meditation. Have gratitude for all that we are blessed with.
For some people who are stressed, the first thing they focus on is food for comfort. The body’s logic is to respond to any by taking in as much food as possible although you may not be enjoying it or even hungry for that matter. So if you’re stressed you are probably overeating.
By encouraging you to let go of stressors, it helps you to enjoy the food you’re eating. If you eat mindfully, you can help make the most of your food choices, paving the way for truly appreciating and savoring the food.
Here are some ways to eat mindfully:
1. Inhale and exhale: “This is why every meditation tradition focuses on the breath. Slow, deep and even breathing tells the brain stem to put the entire brain into a state of calm.” Take five deep in-and-out breaths after you sit down at the table and before you lift your fork.
2. Give thanks:
The parts of your brain which is associated with gratitude and appreciation cannot operate when there is stress. If you’re focused on gratitude, the stress can’t take over. Gratitude stops addictive patterns in the brain. Once you take five deep breaths, allow yourself a moment of gratitude, silent reflection, or prayer for the food you are about to eat.
3. All food is good:
Remove “good” and “bad” from your food vocabulary. You can’t completely enjoy a piece of cake if you’re telling yourself it is bad for you. If you get rid of the judgmental language around food, it becomes less stressful.” When making food decisions, try replacing the “I should” or “I shouldn’t” with “I choose to.”
4. Replay frustrating situations:
When you do find yourself mindlessly eating or reacting to stress by reaching for something sweet or salty, forgive yourself and move on. Instead of mentally replaying the old tapes within your head that you went overboard and ate too much; this time around, take a bite or sip of whatever your eating and enjoy it slowly, and truly savoring every flavor.
5. Enjoy what’s on your plate:
“Never eat anything you don’t enjoy, and truly enjoy everything you eat. Take the first four bites of your meals slowly and with full attention on the food: Savor the flavors and textures so that you can begin to understand what mindful eating feels like.