Mindful Eating – How Eating Like a Toddler Can be Good for You

Mindful Eating

We can earn so much from children.  For example, when I watch my son eating, sometimes I am so curious about what he is experiencing.  This morning, he was chowing down on some scrambled eggs with cheese and strawberries.  He would very delicately select a piece of food, examine it, sometimes squish it in his tiny adorable fist (watching it very closely as he did so and listening to every single squashy noise he produced), and then shove it into his mouth.  His eyes would then light up and he would reach his hands for the sky and arch his back as if in praise for the delicious food he was having for his breakfast.  He uses all of his senses to experience his meal.  He lets me know when he is done eating, by listening to his body so he knows when he is full (or perhaps is distracted by our dogs eagerly waiting for us to finish so they can have some scraps).  To me, watching him is a perfect example of being present and experiencing gratitude.  I, on the other hand, often find myself eating while I am absorbed by another task, barely tasting my food, and probably just eating until my meal is gone instead of really listening to how my body feels.  Not present, not aware, and not really enjoying my food.

So, today’s mindfulness activity is – mindful eating.  Try slowing down and paying attention to your next meal or snack.  Use all of your senses – touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste.  When we eat fast, we don’t really have the opportunity to properly experience out food because it’s not in our mouth long enough for use to fully notice it.  In addition, mindful eating reminds us how deliciously ordinary meditation and a mindfulness practice can be.  It is a practice that can be applied to every aspect of our lives.

Watch the video below for more on mindful eating.

 

About the Author:  Danielle is a provisionally licensed mental health practitioner in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a sole proprietor at New Leaf Therapy Associates, LLC, and enjoys working with individuals and families.  Danielle utilizes trauma-informed techniques and mindfulness with her clients, helping them to feel empowered and more in control of their lives.

 

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