Mindful eating is a practice of bringing a person completely in touch with the food she is eating, noticing her body’s signals, and being in the present moment during the eating experience.
It’s more about how you eat, than what you eat (though, what you eat is very important!).
It’s an awesome practice. Just awesome. So much better than any diet anyone can try to convince you that works.
But, it takes effort.
Because the mind tends to hijack our attention innumerable times throughout the day.
And, unless we practice noticing to where our attention is going (or went to!), our minds will just unconsciously slip into a place of non-reality.
Like when I’m stuck on a branch while I’m eating.
Interestingly, it’s not any particular branch. It’s just being stuck on thinking random thoughts: what are my plans for today? Did I forget to write that email? Do I need to apologize to that person today? Is the oven on? Did I invite anyone for Shabbat dinner yet?
And, before I know it, my healthy bowl of home-made granola with nuts and seeds, yogurt, and freshly picked passion fruit to top it off… is finished.
And, I want (desire) more!
I hate when that happens!
OK, Shira… compassion.
The moment is gone.
Take a moment now and just notice.
Notice your body.
Notice your shoulders.
Notice the muscles between your eyebrows.
Notice your breathing.
Notice your body’s signals.
Are you hungry?