Mindful Eating — It’s not What you Think!
Mindful eating has gotten a bad rap. I mean, at least from the crew that I roll with. Say the word MINDFUL eating and you will see a whole lot of eye rolls and the like.
I think mindful eating has lost its mojo because of the misuse of this word mindful. Mindfulness is defined as being conscious or aware of something. And, here at Beacon, we use Marsha Linehan’s definition of refocusing your attention back to your wise mind.
Does mindful eating mean that you need to slowly and precisely eat each and every morsel of your food with intention, love, and gratitude? Well, sort of.
But realistically, and, in this world of non-polarized balance that I am dreaming that we all decide to live in, can we find some alternatives to this blissful mindfulness and find some real-world applications?
If you’re struggling with silent meals where you are sitting without distraction and only focusing on being grateful for your food, you’re not alone. In the words of Voltaire, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” What can you do that is good and not perfect in the name of mindfulness?
Can you plan your food? Can you be conscious of monitoring it in the name of focus and attention? Can you set alarms to eat your snack instead of rushing through your day mindlessly, forgetting to eat, and overeating your next meal? Something is always better than nothing. The mindful eating movement forgot to tell us that — find something, one single step, to start your movement towards a wiser mind and a more successful recovery.