I had a pack of almonds. The next moment, empty pack and no almonds. I was the only one at the scene of the crime, so all evidence pointed to me as the eater. But if you’d asked me, I would have denied it. Presumably, those 18 grams of fat were lurking somewhere in my digestive tract.
This experience inspired me to take a Mindful-Eating workshop with my friend Augusta Hopkins.
The principals of Mindful Eating are very simple. Look at your food. Smell your food. Taste your food. Appreciate the colors, flavors, textures, shape, and weight. Contemplate how it got to you. Who grew it? Who prepared it? Be thankful. Be amazed. Enjoy!
More practically, rest your hands between bites. Are you loading up your fork before you’ve finished a mouthful? What is the hurry?
Notice your body. Are you hunched over your plate? Are you breathing? Can you relax your neck and eat?
The result? I am much less likely to overeat if I am consciously present for the act of eating. But, I admit that I like to read The New Yorker and listen to NPR while eating. Which is why I like to combine Mindful Eating with Brian Wansink’s ingenious techniques for effective Mindless Eating.
Here’s a link to Augusta’s instructional video on Mindful eating. Never has a humble Mission Style Burrito been eaten with such loving care.