I first get this topic from a friend when she use this topic to lead one of group meeting in Jakarta. It was about last year, I remember. I am practicing it before I have brave enough to write it here. Hope I describe it well.
“Eat” is a primary human need. Since we are know the taste and variant of food we can choose -almost- whatever we want, and ever since we can spooning food, chewing, and swallowing it while we’re doing another activities such reading, watching, chatting, or so,we don’t know what we had eat. Have you even forget the taste of the chips that you just eat? Or you don’t even notice did you eat your sushi with wasabi or not? Kind of those situation called mindless eating. You eat, but you do not enjoy your food, this is also mean that you do not eat with your mind.
I will mention the principles of mindfulness according to Ronna Kabatznickz, Ph.D:
- Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
- Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
- Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment.
- With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
- Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.
Based on the principles above, mindful eating means that you are allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection by respecting your own inner wisdom. Do not eat in a rush and doing other things during eating. Use all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body. Tongue might taste is well but it doesn’t mean nourish enough. You better be acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes, or neutral) without judgement. A mindful eating is also becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and eating. This is I think the dominant reason why mindful eating is best match with many kind of diet program.
Now after we define it, if you or your friends have the things that I mention below, that means you have practicing it:
- Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
- Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
- Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
- Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well being.
- Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their food choices on those systems.