Slow down and really taste your food

Did you know that there is a strong connection between the kinds of foods that you eat, how you eat them, and how you feel afterwards?

Especially at this time of the year, after Christmas when food is in an abundant supply, it is even more important to focus and pay attention to the food that we consume.

Your relationship with food is an intimate one. And, just like any kind of important relationship in your life, the more conscious that you can become of it, the more joy and happiness it can bring.

 

  1.  Take 3 deep breaths before you start eating.

Before you eat, breathe deeply. This can positively affect how you think, feel, and act around food. Breathing deeply is a powerful way to quickly center yourself, so that you can let go of distractions and be fully present to the process of eating!

 

  1.  Before eating, give thanks for your food.

Another thing, I like to do before I eat anything, is to express gratitude for the food that I am about to eat. This expression of gratitude can be an internal, personal practice, or it can be a practice of verbally expressing appreciation to your fellow dining guests.

For example, before you eat, you can express gratitude to mother nature for growing the food, and thanking that food for helping you to create a healthy, strong body. As another example, you can personally thank whoever prepared the food for you. If you cooked it yourself, take a moment to acknowledge yourself.

 

  1. Sit down comfortably to enjoy your meals.

Don’t eat when you’re feeling distracted or emotionally unavailable. Aim to eat when you can comfortably sit down to really enjoy your meals. Instead of eating in your car, at your desk, in front of the TV or your computer, take a moment to sit down and bring all your focus and attention to the food. This can help you to consciously create the body and health that you truly desire.

 

  1. Chew your food properly.

Did you know that digestion actually begins in your mouth? Most people eat unconsciously, and as a result they forget to chew their food properly. With each chewing action, you increase the proper break down of your food, using your teeth and the saliva in your mouth.