Mildly embarrassed and laughing, she took another raisin and held it in her hand like the rest of us. It had never taken me that long to finish eating a single raisin (and unless I repeat this activity, I doubt it ever will).
The ritual of eating can bring us out of our worries about the past and the future — and into the present moment. Life today is so fast-paced and stressful that many people don't even notice what they're eating.
When it comes to eating, Greenberg explains, mindfulness helps restore your own intuitive wisdom around eating (you know, that gut instinct babies have that tells them when they’re hungry).
Considering why you eat is the first step to eating more mindfully, according to Michelle May, MD, in Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. Your environment can have a huge impact on how much you eat, so it’s important to create a soothing ambiance. Eating in front of the TV can cause you to eat 10 percent more calories at mealtime, and a whopping 25 percent more calories later in the day, one study found. Eating in silence can make it far easier to focus on the physical sensations of your food, says Greenberg.
Try this activity as part of PsychCentral’s Slow Eating Challenge, and let me know what you think!

She has a wealth of personal and professional experience and knowledge in the field of addiction and eating disorders.
If you ask yourself this question before digging into a mid-day snack, you may realize you’re eating for a reason other than true hunger, like boredom or stress. If eating alone or in total silence isn’t an option, consider setting aside a certain period of time for eating quietly with your family. Usually, mindfulness meditations ask you to focus on your breathing or on your heartbeat — two sensations that really creeped me the hell out and could potentially trigger panic. Her experience includes a Master’s thesis on eating disorders titled ‘Call off the Search: Eating Disorders a Symptom of Psychospiritual Crisis’, (you can read an excerpt here), post graduate training in addiction and ‘women’s business’, work experience in the ‘Eating Disorder Unit’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, the Eating Disorders Foundation (now part of The Butterfly Foundation) and Women’s Health NSW.
Eat slowly, focus on the smell and taste of food and the sensation of swallowing your food.An easy way to practice mindful eating is to do the chocolate meditation.
Eating slowly can help your digestion and allow your body to get the most benefit out of your food.Mindful eating can also help you lose weight.
Research suggests that ditching the laptops and smartphones in favor of a more focused meal can help you become more aware of how much you’re eating and enjoy it more. Forcing yourself to eat slowly can help you cut down on calories, since you notice that you’re full sooner, researchers have found. She is an ‘approved service provider’ for South Pacific Private Addiction and Mood Disorder Treatment Centre and works in private practice, treating eating disorders as well as other women’s issues in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.

Mindful eating refers to keeping your focus on your food as you eat slowly and savor every bite. This thankfulness can help you eliminate any negative judgments about the food you’re eating, quiet guilt, and help you feel more satisfied. They usually wind up eating less than people who don't eat mindfully.Eating mindfully can also help you enjoy your food more. Try doing the same with your own meals — even if it’s the same breakfast you eat every day. You will notice what you are eating and savor the taste and smell - especially the chocolate.
The raisin picture was taken by Cary Bass and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons on March 6, 2006.

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