When it comes to eating why do we believe having more is better?
We think, “If it’s not enough I may go hungry. What if there is none for later? What if I am not satisfied?”
These are thoughts for the future, and when it comes to knowing your body and what is right for you, it is best to live (and eat) in the present.
When we think about the past, we tend to embellish. The same is true of food. We think, “It was so delicious. It was hard to resist. It was stronger than I am.”
Stop “romancing the food”. What matters is the here and now.
What is in front of you? How are you feeling? What does your body want? What does your food taste like?
When you slow down
Live in the moment
You may find that you are eating things you don’t really enjoy any more. Or that the gnawing in your belly is really not hunger related. Or eating what is on your plate is perfectly enough.
Being present allows us to savor our food in a whole new way.
I always ask my children, “What do you taste?”
I ask you to do the same.
What do you taste?
What flavors jump out at you? What do you like (or not like) about what you are eating? What texture does it have? Why is this food so enjoyable? How does it make you feel? What does it remind you of?
When you become an active participant, food becomes nourishing again.
It’s no longer a mindless experience meant to medicate, soothe or abuse. Ignoring it does not make it go away, or cause you to eat less.
You may be thinking, “If I acknowledge how much I am enjoying my meal, I may want more.”
However, if you are truly in the moment, the body always knows when to stop.
It’s your job to notice the signs and to quiet the “noshing” mind.
Be aware of your food choices; be equally aware of your body and your thoughts.
Question everything and look for answers. Become an expert on you.
Our relationship with food is a complicated one, made even more complicated by our hesitation to examine it.
So I ask you again— what do you taste?
What flavor is your story?