We've all been there. Trying to get out the door in the morning rush to get the kids to school and get our butts to work. We grab the closest thing resembling food or coffee and we hammer it down the hatch without a second thought.
Or how about working up against a deadline at work. Lunch hour? Yeah, right! More like scarfing down whatever you brought with you while you stare at the computer screen and make phone calls.
It seems that there's hardly time to take a short break, let alone enjoy or savor a good meal. This especially seems true during the two most hectic meal times of the day, breakfast and lunch.
But it's important to realize that we do more than just get energy from our food. We also stimulate other parts of our body and mind. Think about all the senses that you use when you eat a meal. You use your eyes to look at the tasty food, you use your nose for smelling and tasting, you use your tongue for tasting and texture and you may even use your fingers to touch the food.
The whole experience of eating is a way for you to get more in tune with your body. But with today's hectic schedules it can be hard to fully enjoy the experience of eating.
Here are some tips to fully enjoy your food and not just inhale it.
1. Notice everything about your meal. Look at the texture of the food. Notice the smell of the food. When you take that first bite, let it go over your tongue and enjoy the flavors. Savor it.
2. Pay attention to your surroundings. What does your external body feel like? Are you in a comfortable setting away from daily distractions? Are you with friends or co-workers? You should try to eat in an environment that you enjoy and that will allow you to mentally disconnect from work.
3. Chew your food more. It's not uncommon for people to take a bite, followed by a couple of chomps and then swallowing. Slow down! Take some time to chew your food. Chances are you will see your digestion improve as a result of chewing more conscientiously.
Next time you sit down to eat, or even if you're grabbing something on the go, take the time to view, touch and taste your food. Remember that food nourishes us in more ways then just providing calories for energy.
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