In this fast paced world we have a tendency to hoover our food like a vacuum and move onto the next job, even when we take the time to sit and eat we will be reading the paper or using digital gadgets. Therefore not paying particular attention to the food we are consuming.
Have you taken the time to consider the Why, Where, Who and What in association with eating?
Points for you to consider:
- Why am I eating – I feel hungry; I am stressed; I want comfort; I am tired; I am bored; I am depressed; I am happy; I have a craving; its breakfast/ lunch/ dinner time.
- Where am I eating – at the table; kitchen bench; lounge chair; in front of the TV; at my desk; on your bed; outside with nature.
- Who am I eating with – alone; family; friends; pets; my computer.
- What am I eating – fresh; processed; home cooked; take-away.
Are you honouring the food you expect to nourish your body and build your health?
The act of eating should be done with mindfulness, as food is to the body like spiritually is to the soul, for nourishment to occur you need to be in a state of awareness when eating.
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” – Ernest Hemingway
After reading this I wish I liked oysters! Hemingway expresses the pure delight and nourishment that the focus on the food and drink brings to the person, more than just feeling full it provides happiness and the ability to act.
Consider what you have recently consumed – an apple, lunch or a drink. Now think about its’ source – where it originated, the preparation to bring it to the shop, the effort to select it and bring it to your home and the preparation to bring it to a state ready for nourishment.
Every person needs to shop, prepare and eat with awareness. Then you will have appreciation and gratitude for the food you are consuming and this in turn allows the food to nourish your body.