Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.
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I don’t know about you, but the dog days of summer have hit Pensacola, Florida – just don’t tell Sugar and Spice that I said it like that! The temperatures are soaring and I don’t want to eat large amounts of food. I prefer smoothies and salads and that is a great help on my weight loss journey. In addition, I find that if I eat my main meal at lunch time I feel better and can sleep at night.
I try to eat mindfully. I do pay attention to what I am eating by savoring the taste and texture. I have slowed down and just taken the time to enjoy my food. Because I like to eat when I am bored, I found that I must drink more liquids to give my stomach the full feeling that my mind equates with not feeling hunger. I really focus on my feelings and emotions, otherwise I just want to eat all the time. (Hey, we all have our vices! J)
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It occurred to me that mindful eating is a form of meditation. The whole idea is that I focus my thoughts and awareness on the food that I am eating. This allows me the time to deal with my emotions and to feel real gratitude for the food I am eating.
When we do sitting meditation we sit quietly and concentrate on our breathing and our body while being present in that exact moment without judgment or expectations. It is the same thing with food meditation, we pay attention to the act of eating.
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Mindful eating deals with learning how to read your body’s signals about feeling full. It is about slowing down and really tasting what you are eating. Green thickies.com list the following benefits of “eating meditation” and outline the Meditation Diet Method. Please visit this website for other valuable information:
Food tastes better when you pay attention.
You can learn to enjoy healthy foods when you slow down and savor.
You eat less because you’re not eating mindlessly.
You naturally gravitate towards simpler foods because of the savoring.
You begin to address the emotions around eating.
You get a little oasis of slow mindfulness in your busy day.
It relieves stress.
The Meditation Diet Method
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“So how do you do it? It’s not very difficult — you can do some or all of the items here:
- Create space. Too often eating is multitasked with reading or working or driving or watching. Create some space for the eating meditation — clear away everything else, and just do one thing. Just eat.
- Put your food in front of you, and consider it. The food you choose doesn’t matter — it can be food you already eat on a regular basis, or you can consider a handful of berries, a carrot, some broccoli, some raw almonds or walnuts. Sit down with the food in front of you, and look at it. Notice its color, texture, imperfections. Smell it.
- Think about its origins. Take a moment to think about where this food came from — is it from another continent, or somewhere in your area? How did it get to you? Who grew it, picked it, transported it, and prepared it? What animal gave its life and suffered for your pleasure and health? Be grateful for all of this.
- Taste it. One bite at a time put the food in your mouth and savor its taste and texture. Is it crunchy, soft, chewy, grainy, and syrupy? Is it earthy, sweet, floral, salty, spicy, oaky, citrusy, and grassy, herbal, mossy, tangy, tannin-y? Think too about what has been added to the food — chemicals, salt, sugar, fat? How does the food make you feel? Consider what nutrients the food is giving you, how it is nourishing you.
- Notice your heart. What do you feel as you eat? Are you hungry, stressed, sad, happy, hurt, angry, afraid, confused, lonely, bored, impatient?
- Pause between bites. Don’t pick up the next bite as you chew. Just stay with one bite, then swallow. Breathe. Enjoy the space. Then repeat the process for the next bite.
Practice this once a day. When it becomes a regular habit, try it twice a day. Eventually, do it every time you eat a meal or snack or have anything to drink.”
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This week, I want to concentrate on my eating. I want to be mindful of not only what I put into my mouth, but how and why I am eating.
When you approach overeating with a mindful attitude things change quickly. Your weight will begin to shift in the right direction on the scale. You will see positive results. Of course, if you have any health issues you should always speak to your doctor before beginning any kind of diet. It is better to be safe than sorry. Remember, I am only sharing my mindful journey with you. Your journey might take you along a different path. In fact, that is what I hope for all of you.
I have many changes coming up in my life the next few months. We are moving to Colorado Springs, CO. This will be the perfect test of my mindfulness goals and an attitude check will be in order with the stresses that moving causes. At some point, I will have to hold off on posting my mindful journey due to traveling, packing, and more traveling. I will resume the journey at the other end – in the peaceful solitude of the Rocky Mountains. I will keep you all apprised of my progress.
What are your mindful goals for this week?
Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.
Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.
Namaste! I wish you much joy and happiness this week!