When clients come to see me for weight loss, I ask them ‘How fast do you eat?’. Most of them tell me that they eat quickly, often with the TV on. I explain the importance of eating slowly and without distractions so that you can hear the messages that your body sends you when it has had sufficient to eat.
Last week I had an extraordinary experience. I persuaded a friend to experience mindful eating with me. I cut up some salad vegetables and feta cheese in bite sized portions and put them into two containers. My friend agreed to put on a blindfold and then I gave him his food. I did the same. We agreed not to talk while we were eating.
It was hard not to talk but it became very meditative. When we had finished we were both very calm and peaceful. We had both really tasted and enjoyed the food. The texture and sound of the food also became more apparent. I stopped eating before the container was empty because I knew I had eaten enough.
I recommend eating with your eyes closed or blindfolded as an experience. If you want to eat slowly and mindfully:
- Eat at a table
- No distractions – turn off the TV, put away the mobile phone or Tablet.
- Put down your knife and fork between every mouthful
- Keep the food in your mouth and chew slowly
- Notice the ‘satisfied’ feeling and stop eating
This is a good start to losing unwanted weight.