One of the first recommendations I give my clients who want to lose weight and adopt a healthier diet is to be mindful during their meals. To just sit in front of their meal, give thanks for it, bless it and savor each bite in mindfulness: chewing thoroughly, paying attention to the flavor and the texture of their food. No multitasking, no TV, no phone, no computer. Just eat. A simple act, that when done mindfully, recovers its original sacred nature. When we eat mindfully we eat less and our digestion improves.
I have been enjoying reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Thich Nhat Hanh, in collaboration with Dr. Lilian Cheung: Savor, Mindful Eating, Mindful Life. In their book they recommend these simple tips to practice mindful eating:
- Breathe before eating
- Honor the food
- Engage all six senses
- Serve in modest portions
- Savor small bites and chew thoroughly
- Eat slowly to avoid overeating
- Don’t skip meals
- Eat a plant-based diet, for your health and for the planet
I would add: enjoy the process! Bon appétit.
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