We all have a relationship with our food, and as with any relationship it requires attention. How we relate to our food is reflected in our bodies, minds and hearts.
What we eat is very important – yet how we eat is also very important.
Food is like a prism; showing us the full spectrum of how we live our lives, it’s not just about the food!
How we eat is a reflection of how we live and what is important to us. With this in mind we can use our meals and snacking as a metaphor for our lives. Generally speaking food becomes a metaphor when we over or under eat, yet we can use the eating experience as a mirror into our deeper selves at any time – So let’s check in and see how we’re doing.
Try these 5 techniques today and any time you feel that your eating is off or you wonder what’s up nutritionally and or emotionally.
Being aware – without judgment – is the first step to improving our health and wellness!
1. Check your hunger level when you begin to eat. Just notice it. Remember there is no reason to judge what is or isn’t happening, just simply notice. (Be careful not to judge that you wanted to judge!
2. Check in with your environment. Where we eat says a lot about our relationship with not only our food, but ourselves. Eating on the run, standing at the counter or eating in the car are interesting milieus considering we are attempting to nourish ourselves.
3. Check what you have chosen to eat at this particular meal. Yes the choice is important on a macro and micro nutrient level and what we eat says a lot about how we live our lives. Fast foods, home-cooked foods, brown bag vegan or sampling food off others plates, low fat, low carb, paleo – whatever it is that you are choosing to eat – should be noticed.
4. Check the speed of the meal. Eating faster than a speeding bullet has become the norm, yet our bodies have not learned to digest and get the message of satiety to our brains that quickly
5. Check in with the belly area to notice the fullness level. If you are eating fast this will probably come only at the end of the meal but ideally checking in for where your hunger and fullness is will be an ongoing process throughout the meal. If you are putting your fork down in between bites you will have plenty of opportunity and reminder to check in.
These 5 simple reminders are related by awareness – by simply noticing. Nothing more needs to be done or forced.
Being present with your actions when you are eating, noting when you are not present and learning to be curious about these things will move your relationship to a new level organically.
No judgment, no punishment – simply noticing.
Why not pick a meal today and use the ways listed to have a curious look at your relationship with food?
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