You have just come home from work, tired and starving. You grab leftovers out of the fridge, pop on the tv (yes, I know… tv!) and your fork hits an empty plate a few mindless minutes later? You have no recollection of actually shoving the food into your mouth, save the empty plate with streaks of what once was your dinner as proof it was really there. Half an hour later, the fullness kicks in, but you don’t feel satiated.
Also known as…
It is the state of eating without thinking about eating. Studies have found that such mindless eating leads to ingesting more than needed, feelings of guilt, non-satisfaction, and a lack of a positive connection to food and our bodies.
This is is the state of being aware as we eat, being in the moment. Beyond the diet tricks of eating on smaller plates and choosing colorful food, there is more to eating than our waistlines. Conscious eating entails focusing on your food – its preparation, presentation, proportion, power, and ingestion. Also called intuitive eating or awareness eating, it is not a diet, but a way of connecting with your food.
Tomorrow we delve into the 4 P’s and I (preparation, presentation, proportion, power, and ingestion)
Until then, take a moment at dinner today and really look at wt you are eating. Take in its color, smell, temperature, texture as if it is something new to experience. Think about its travels to your plate beyond the fridge or freezer (or delivery guy). Where in the world did it originate, how did it travel to you, who was part of its preparation? Take a look at how you presented your food to yourself. How full is your plate? After, how did the food make you feel while eating, an hour after, the next day? There are no right or wrong answers here, just observations.