1. Get Present: Take 2 breaths
2. hunger check: name it
3. Food's Journey: Identify 5
Have you thought about all the many hands that helped get your food get to you? Before the first bite, think about at least 5 people who were part of bringing your food to your plate, such as the farmers, cooks, truckers, or maybe whoever taught you the recipe.
Have you thought about the miles the food has traveled or the length of time it takes to grow, mature, ship to get to you? The more cognizant we are of the journey of food to plate the more we can make conscious choices about what we put in our body.
4. Taste Prep: Create a Pause
5. Sensory Hunt: Notice 5
6. Speed Bump: Take 2 breaths
7. Savoring Inquiry: Identify 3
Savoring is deliberately focusing on what you’re eating or drinking. Appreciating every flavor nuance. Noting each sensory detail. Slowing down to extend the pleasure of each morsel. As you take your next few bites purposefully savor them. Afterwards identify three details you noticed for the first time.
What did you notice?
We can have a lot of mindless habits around food. Mindlessness can come from lack of interest, assumptions that we fully understand something, or not being conscious of an action. Mindfulness is the antidote to such autodrive behavior.
Mindful eating is paying moment-by-moment attention to our eating experience and observing hunger and satisfaction cues before and during consumption. It’s becoming aware of mental and sensory inputs and letting go of judgment.
Play this seven step Mindful Eating Observation game and experience a fun way to increase your ability to engage fully with your food and yourself. This can help intentionally evolve your eating habits (researchers find eating mindfully supports weight loss) or simply create more enjoyable experiences.
Ready, set, eat!