Mindful Eating

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September 25, 2016
How to practice mindful eating. So many of us rush through eating. We watch TV, we stand up, we don't pay attention to the act of eating. Ayurveda, yoga's "sister science" stresses the importance of mindful eating because when we don't eat mindfully, our body can't digest properly. Mindfulness can be practiced anytime and anywhere. Everything we do can be an opportunity for meditation. Let's see how we can make the simple act of eating a meditation practice.

Here is how to practice mindful eating:

  1. Cook a healthy, wholesome meal or purchase one from a reputable source. Sit down to eat with your feet firmly planted on the floor. 

  2. Before taking your first bite of food, give thanks for the food you are about to ingest. This can be in the form of prayer or a simple gratitude message. The gratitude message could be as simple as: "thank you to the farmers who raised this food, thank you to the workers who picked it, thank you to the chefs who cooked it and thank you to the ones I love for sharing it with me."

  3. It is now time to take your first bite of food. Eat slowly and purposefully. Pay attention to each bite. Chew your food thoroughly.

  4. As you continue to eat each bite of food, give your complete attention to the act of eating. If your mind wanders, bring it back to the table you sit at and focus on the plate of food in front of you. Don't allow distractions to derail your concentration. If you're eating with others, keep the conversations at the dinner table light and non-argumentative. Talk only after your bite of food has been thoroughly chewed and swallowed. Most of all enjoy eating. Savor each bite. Let eating be another opportunity for mindfulness.