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June 16, 2015

Mindful Eating Garden Feldenkrais - Sandra-BradshawWhich scenario comes closest to your reality?

You are in your car, you are hungry, you have a meeting in fifteen minutes and McDonalds Golden Arches appears in the distance. The drive-thru beckons and three minutes later you are scarfing down a burger and fries. Or…you are sitting beside a lake with a glass of wine, a plate of cheese, a basket of bread, a saucer of olives and a bowl of sliced apples and pears. Every item of food looks perfect and you have the time to savour every mouthful.

Mindful Eating - Choose a small portionFor most of us, we are probably hovering somewhere between these two extremes but the fact is that as a society, we are moving faster, talking faster, eating faster and enjoying life less. Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lillian Cheung has been studying how we eat and has developed a list of things we should do to foster habits for mindful eating.

  • Honour your food - take time to engage all your senses (touch, texture, sound, colour, etc.)
  • Be mindful of your portion - start with a modest amount on a 9 inch plate.
  • Chew your food well -  the enzymes and saliva aid in digestion.
  • Eat slowly - it will taste better and you will eat less (even if it is a  lowly McDonalds hamburger)
  • Don’t skip meals - people who skip meals tend to eat more at one sitting than people who eat smaller amounts more often that are spread throughout the day.
  • Eat a plant based diet -  there is less likelihood of getting colon cancer. 

Bon Appétit!

 

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