As a self-proclaimed foodie, I very much enjoyed the practice of mindful of eating. Of all the lessons that we have been though thus far, this is a practice that I incorporate in my daily life the most and I didn’t even know it. Now I will admit that there are times when I am familiar with a snack or enjoying my favorite snack and I am not mindful of eating from beginning to end. I just pop the treat in my mouth and wait for the instant gratification. I become present when the food enters my mouth. I continue to be present enough to enjoy the taste of whatever it is and my attention dies off soon after. Mostly when that familiarity has a foreign taste do I snapped back into the reality of what is happening.
The time that I am the most mindful of what I am eating is when it is a new object or a different variation of something I am familiar with. I then take the time to look at it. I poke it with my fork, spoon, or hand to pass the first test of texture. As I lift the food to my mouth, I take in the aroma. I am a person that absolutely HATES to put a piece of food or drink under her nose if not a dire situation, you never know what can fly out and on top of that, its crude. I then let the food simmer on the taste buds for a second before I chew. If there are not texture issues and it passes the taste test I’m good to go.
Although I am a lover of food, this lesion has made me realize that I have not been giving it the attention that it deserves. I feel the reason that is, is because so many meals are shared over the dinner table with family or is a reason to have a great time with friends that it becomes a habit to multitask. Because food is associated with a good time, I always seek entertainment to go along with my meal. Even when I go for sushi alone, I sit at the bar with phone in hand scrolling social media. It’s amazing what you are not aware of until someone brings your attention to it.