Have you ever left the house carrying your breakfast in one hand and your coffee in another? You jump in the car and that's where you have breakfast. Can't say I haven't been there! Now it’s lunchtime and you are at your computer. Did you really ‘enjoy’ lunch between looking up at and responding to e-mails? How many senses can you involve in eating if you are running errands, driving, working at your desk, or talking on the phone? My suggestion to you, and I think you'll love it, is to really enjoy your food. Sit down when you eat, in a chair with a place mat in front of you and the silverware carefully placed. Clear your mind clear and take deep breaths in preparing to partake in nutrition for your body and soul. Every time you eat something, take the time to feed all of your senses, even if it's a snack, sit down and eat consciously. Come alive with the ritual of taking time out for what is truly nourishing and satisfying to your body and soul. Taste every bite. When your taste buds are no longer dancing with joy, then you know you’ve had the right amount. Take a piece of chocolate for instance; smell it, look at the color, take note of the temperature and the feel of the chocolate. When you bite down on it, you hear and feel a snap. Once you place it in your mouth, how long does it take to melt? Are there layers of flavors, do they come one after the other, like notes of a symphony or all at once? Geneen Roth says, “When pleasure subsides, overeating begins.” Try to remind yourself of this when you sit down to eat and enjoy your food.
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