Mindful Eating is Good For Me and Probably Good For You Too

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Anxiety, Blog, Meditation, Performance, Stress, Stress Management

I’ve been trying to eat mindfully this week.  That means while I’m eating I’m not checking my phone, staring at my Facebook feed, or zoning out on television.

It also means I’m actually trying to taste the food I am putting in my mouth.  I’m trying to finish one bite before I shovel another one into my face hole.   I’m trying to deliberately chew.

Guess what?  It’s really hard.  After I’ve prepared my meal and about to sit down I get a little compulsion to make sure I have something to entertain myself like my phone or ipad.  I have to fight the urge.

When I’ve been at long mindfulness meditation retreats eating mindfully is much easier.  After two weeks of meditating twelve hours a day eating becomes a very novel idea.  It was a huge highlight compared to the relative drudgery of watching the breath.

I’m going to stick with it through the week though.  When I sit down with my food I feel that twinge of anxiety and an urge to fill it with a mindless activity.  I know it doesn’t serve me or my body to eat while I’m in a state of stress.

So instead I breathe.  It feels good to breathe.  And then I eat my food.  I’m finding that my food tastes pretty good.

And it’s not nearly as bad as the little anxious man in my brain makes it out to be.  So this week I’m going to continue to eat mindfully.

I’ll save next week for being mindless, if I want to.

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