I love this whole mindful eating thing, like a groupie, and the kids have picked it up from me and now they will scold us if we eat in front of the TV and say things like “that doesn’t look like intuitive eating, Daaaaad”.. and does it ever piss Bill off. He finds the ‘mindful eating movement’ really rather pretentious, it’s our Gywneth and Chris moment.
Anyway, here are some tips on how to really enjoy eating or really grate on the nerves of Bill. Either way, quite fun:
WHEN YOU EAT, JUST EAT. Unplug the electronica. For now, at least, focus on the food.
CONSIDER SILENCE. Avoiding chatter for 30 minutes might be impossible in some families, especially with young children, but specialists suggest that greenhorns start with short periods of quiet.
TRY IT WEEKLY. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid wolfing down onion rings in your cubicle. But if you set aside one sit-down meal a week as an experiment in mindfulness, the insights may influence everything else you do.
PLANT A GARDEN, AND COOK. Anything that reconnects you with the process of creating food will magnify your mindfulness.
CHEW PATIENTLY. It’s not easy, but try to slow down, aiming for 25 to 30 chews for each mouthful.
USE FLOWERS AND CANDLES. Put them on the table before dinner. Rituals that create a serene environment help foster what one advocate calls “that moment of gratitude.”