Improve Your Relationship With Food
When I first went to dinner with my in-laws, I was struck by something unexpected. My father-in-law savored every bite.
Every. Single. Bite.
Not only was he slow, chewing each bit more than I could calculate, but he talked about his food in ways I had never heard before. He savored each bite, and his senses were on high alert.
I was raised in a house where you had to eat fast, or you were left with what no one wanted.
My father-in-law was raised in an environment where food was scarce. He once told me that when any of his friends were eating an apple, someone would yell, “Coresies!” That meant that he was able to eat the core of the apple. He told me that, if they liked you, they would leave you some of the apple instead of only having seeds. Throughout his life, he demonstrated an appreciation for every person he interacted with, for every bite of food, and for every day. When he told me this story, I got a glimpse into why and how he developed such an appreciation.
Today, few would dream of eating the core of an apple, especially one already chewed up.
Appreciate Every Moment
My father-in-law was practicing something without knowing it. It’s the practice of mindful eating.
It’s a practice that first came to my attention when I saw my friend Jude at a conference. He had lost weight and was healthier than ever. I wanted to know what he was doing. Turns out, he read a book about mindful eating by Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Savor, Mindful Eating, Mindful Life somehow changed his relationship with food.
“Mindful eating is very pleasant. We sit beautifully. We are aware of the people surrounding us. We are aware of the food on our plates. This is a deep practice.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
Benefits of Mindful Eating
Some of the benefits of mindful eating:
- Reduce stress
- Increase enjoyment
- Easier digestion
- Reduce calories
- Lose weight
- Less binge eating
- Control food instead of it controlling you
- Enjoy the moment
- Reduced food cravings
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” –Jim Rohn