Friday, January 27, 2017
I've been exploring information on mindful eating and putting it into practice to see what I might discover.
At the moment, it's my hunger that I'm paying attention to, as totally separate from mindful eating.
I'll ask myself: where am I physically hungry? What's making me want to eat?
Is it a taste I crave in my mouth? Salty, sweet, crunchy craving? If so: I find it works well to find the object of my craving and make sure to enjoy it in my mouth. I intentionally eat it slowly, chew it many times, roll it around my tongue to enjoy the sensation and taste fully and satiate whatever craving it is. No guilt here as I don't each much and satisfy the craving.
Is it in my belly? I'll ask myself if my body requires fuel. Food is fuel. I will prepare fuel and enjoy it. Purposeful eating. No guilt here.
Finally, there's that mixture of everything , not quite sure, bored? Lonely? Stressed? Some other unpleasant emotion? I'll ask myself if I really need/want to eat and is there another solution? A new hobby, something I've been meaning to do, you know that sort of thing to either feel or deal with the emotion or find some other more useful way to avoid it, I guess.
Anyway, that's my mindset for the time being. It's working so let's go with the flow.
Food is fuel!