I am often asked What is mindful eating?
Well I think mindful eating is (i.e., paying attention to our food, on purpose, moment by moment, without judgment) is an approach to food that focuses on individuals' sensual awareness of the food, environment and their experience of food.
Being mindful of the food you eat can promote better digestion, keep you full with less food, and influence wiser choices about what and when you eat in the future.
It can also help you free yourself from unhealthy habits around food and eating and its just a nice thing to do!
STEP 1: Mis en place (to put in place)
At the stove make your hot chocolate, stirring slowly and breathing in the aromas.
Pour it into your favourite mug and let it cool a little while you find somewhere quiet where your unlikely to be disturbed to get comfortable. Take a few gentle breaths in and out, letting yourself settle and calm down.
This should take around 3-4 minutes.
STEP 2: LOOK
Start by looking at the drink. What colours can you see on the surface or maybe you notice a difference where the light hits it? You might see a change where the chocolate has splashed up the side of your mug.
STEP 3: TOUCH
Wrap your hands around the mug, and hug, feeling its warmth. Sit for a minute, enjoying the soothing heat and the connection with your hands.
STEP 4: LISTEN
Listen to the sounds around you, nature, the clock ticking your heart beat try to relax and try to slow down your breathing.
STEP 5: SMELL
Lift the mug to your nose and gently inhale the rich chocolate aromas - what can you smell? how does it make you feel? Can you smell the colours you saw? it can bring back memories.
STEP 6: TASTE
Slowly take a sip, moving it around your mouth. Notice the flavours and how it feels. Roll it over your tongue and taste – is it sweet, salty, sour, bitter or even umami
Let the drink slip down your throat, and rather than rushing on to the next mouthful, pause. You might notice the feeling of the warmth into your chest or just ‘check in’ with how you’re feeling.
STEP 6: REPEAT
Taking your time, repeat slowly, noting each mouthful. Take a little break between each sip and notice how you are at the particular moment, trying not to judge whatever comes up if you can.
STEP 7: TO FINISH
Finish with one final gentle deep chocolatey breath, really letting the chocolate aromas and sensations flow down and fill your body, try to take your hot chocolate calmness into the rest of your day…
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