Before taking your first mindful bite, you may be wondering what mindful eating is. The best way to answer this question is through experience but under the exercise I included the definition from the Center for Mindful Eating.
This exercise is traditionally done with a raisin, although any dried fruit preference is fine. You may also use a strawberry or a small piece of carrot or celery if dried fruit is not an option. (p.s. – I hate raisins but have done the exercise repeatedly with raisins and find previous likes and dislikes are not important to gain value from the experience).
According to the Center for Mindful Eating, someone who eats mindfully is aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities available in food selection, preparation and consumption; a mindful eater uses all the senses to choose satisfying and nourishing foods; a mindful eater acknowledges what he/she likes, dislikes, or feels neutral toward without judgement, and allows awareness of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide decisions around when and how much to eat.
Mindful eaters do all this imperfectly and acknowledge not every meal is mindful. Our fast-paced culture does not provide a lot of space for eating all meals mindfully. I recommend starting every day with a mindful breakfast but when I am in a hurry, I settle for eating that first bite mindfully.
I am a marriage and family therapist and mindfulness and mindful eating teacher. My passion is helping others to heal their relationship with themselves, their bodies, food and other people.