Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mindful Eating

1. "Focus on the people with whom you're sharing your meal. Engage them in conversations. Ask questions and really listen to your companions."

2. "Notice how hungry you are. If you aren't hungry yet, become aware of the reasons you feel like eating anyway. Eat when you get hungry."

3. "Decide how you want to feel when you're done eating. Stuffed and miserable? Or comfortable and content? Eating the right amount of food is not about 'being good' but about feeling good. Fill your plate accordingly."

4. "Mentally describe the table setting and the ambiance. Notice aromas, colors, textures and presentation of the meal."

5. "Choose food carefully by asking yourself what you want vs. what you need. Don't waste your appetite on cranberry sauce if you don't love it."

6. "Put one small bite in your mouth. You only have taste buds on your tongue, so the flavors of a large bite of food are lost on your teeth, cheeks and the roof of your mouth."

7. "Notice the texture and flavors of the food on your tongue, then slowly begin to chew. Breathe, since flavors other than salty, sweet, bitter and sour actually come from aromas."

8. "Set your fork down between bites. If you begin to load your next forkful, your attention will be on the next bite, not the one you are eating now. And if you are focused on the next bite of food instead of the one you're eating, you won't stop eating until there are no more forkfuls."

9. "Sit for a moment and let the flavors and experience linger before you take the next bite."

10. "Remind yourself that you can eat more later or at another meal so there's no need to eat it all now and ruin the experience by being too stuffed."

List by Dr. Michelle May, author of "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat."
This excerpt "Save the Stuffing for the Turkey: Try Mindful Eating Instead" teaches that the key to mindful eating is to notice details around you.

Perhaps trying these tips will help you enjoy your meal more, while eating less.

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