Yesterday I ate an orange that was so deliciously sweet and thirst-quenching I compared the experience to a spiritual encounter. A bit dramatic you might think — but you’ve been there. You’ve eaten something before that has given you such pleasure you didn’t want the experience to end. Perhaps your eyes even rolled into the back of your head with each bite. That’s what really tasting your food feels like…indulgent, eye-rolling, spiritual encounters. So, when is the last time you did it?
Making the conscious decision to deliberately taste your food is the practice of mindful eating. Extreme pleasure is a wonderful benefit of mindful eating but an even better gain is satiety. When we mindfully eat something we enjoy, our brain receives the message that we are truly satisfied. Often, we will reach a state of satiety before we reach fullness. Thus, mindful eating is associated with weight loss.
This week I challenge you to mindfully eat one thing each day. Not necessarily your entire meal, just one component of your meal, or a snack. I want you to imagine that you are a child tasting your food for the first time. Float in the experience. Take your time. Let your eyes roll into the back of your head.