Can you imagine what it would be like to eat a meal blindfolded? Well, call me crazy, but I signed up (along with 34 other dietitians) to dine in the dark. It was a event through the Massachusetts Dietetic Association. The evening began with a mindfulness exercise, which I led. The exercise was followed by a 4 course meal (blind-folded).
But I don’t have to tell you about the event. The Meal Makeover Moms invited me in for an interview to talk about it! Janice (one of the Moms) and I dined together. So enjoy the podcast (episode 139). For about 40 minutes, we have a great time discussing our dining experience, mindfulness and why it’s so important for our health.
Picture Source: Janel Ovrut
Below are some basic principles of mindful eating:
1. Develop an awareness of the positive opportunities of preparing and eating meals guided by your inner wisdom
2. Use all of your senses when eating and exploring your food
3. Acknowledge food preferences (likes and dislikes) without judgement
4. Become aware of physical cues of hunger and fullness to guide when to start and stop eating
If you are interested in learning more about mindful eating, I highly recommend two books. First is “Mindful Eating” by Jan Chozen Bays. The second is “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” by Michelle May.