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Mindful eating

How to eat mindfully

This exercise can help you to experience and enjoy your food more. Chewing your food slowly can help your digestion and can help you to eat the right amount of food too.


Focus on all your senses

Choose a food you would like to practice with (preferably something you can hold in your hand without getting messy). Something as simple as a single raisin will work well. Move slowly through these steps, taking a moment to focus on each one.

Sight

Before you pick up your food, notice how it looks on the table in front of you. Notice its colour, how the light reflects from its surface, and its size.

Touch

Now, pick up the food. Notice the weight, and how the food feels against your skin. Roll the object between your fingers, or roll it in your hand, and notice its texture. Notice if it's smooth, rough, slick, soft, firm or if it has any other properties. Hold the food to your nose, and pay attention to its smell.

Texture

Next, place the food in your mouth, on your tongue, but don't eat it. Notice how it feels in your mouth. Does the texture feel the same as on your hand? What do you taste? Roll the food around in your mouth and pay attention to the feeling.

Taste

Finally, begin to slowly chew your food. Notice how your teeth sink into it, and how the texture is different inside. Pay close attention to the flavor, and how it spreads across your tongue. Notice how your body changes—does your mouth fill with saliva? Does your tongue feel hot or cold?

Continue to chew your food, paying close attention to the many sensations as you finish.

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