Can Conscious Eating Keep You Conscious Longer?

In a world where multi-tasking is the norm and most of can’t remember what we ate for lunch, no less what it tasted like, is it realistic to think that we can eat in the moment? More importantly, why should we even try?

I confess. I eat way too fast. I rarely chew my food adequately. I eat while watching television, working at my computer and talking with my friends. These are all “no no’s” no matter which nutrition and diet expert you consult. So why do I do it? After all, when I was child, I was the slowest eater at the table (of course, this is directly proportional to the fact that I talked more than anyone else and often experienced hiccups as a result of excessive air intake.) When and why did this all change for me?

I think it changed for me in college. Sometimes I just didn’t want to hit the books anymore, but I didn’t have a choice. The next day was finals. So I bribed myself with some carob peanuts or popcorn while I completed my studies. Nowadays, there just aren’t enough hours in a day, and my brain is so conditioned to multi-tasking that I get bored quickly if I’m asked to focus on one task at a time, and I actually feel a little guilty.

Even so, the past month I’ve been reading about the ancient Ayurvedic principles. One of the concepts prescribed is to eat consciously. I have also heard more and more about diet concepts now promoting themselves as conscious eating or mindful eating. So I thought I’d give it a try.

While many conscious eating programs are vegetarian, mine is not. I’m simply trying to put a smaller portion of food on my plate and set aside 15-20 minutes where I’m just sitting there eating and enjoying my food. While I am still evolving my practice, I must say that I do enjoy my food more. And I find that I’m more satisfied with less food. It’s like I reach my pleasure quotient faster because I’m truly experiencing the smells, tastes and textures of the ingredients I’m consuming. I’m also practicing putting down my fork between bites while I purposefully chew my food more thoroughly. This is really tough to do when you’re not used to just sitting and chewing, but I tell you I get to experience the full range of flavor, including all of the subtle shifts as the food is masticated and digested. And I feel better, less tired, after a meal because I’m not stuffing myself.

I will keep working on my practice because I know that eating this way can only be positive for my health and longevity. No doubt, my years of bad habits will resurface now and again for a variety of reasons—business meetings, dinners out, tight deadlines, etc. But I intend to keep eating mindfully. After all, most pleasurable tasks are only MORE enjoyable when one can actually focus on them.

Here’s some links in case you’re interested in learning more about Conscious Eating:

The Benefits of Conscious Eating: Integrate Mind, Body and Spirit

Ten Tips for Conscious Eating

 

 

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