DAY # 22
WORK ON WEAKNESS.
Today I will work on my personal mindful eating weakness.
We are roughly one week away from the end of this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge and I’m so excited and proud about the changes you are making! If you are willing to let go of any judgment and just explore your WHY, why you eat, the emotions that trigger you to eat, that inner dialog and/or personal wisdom – that can create a tremendous healing space for your relationship with food. Take a deep breath, I just did typing this because sitting in your emotions can be super challenging and uncomfortable!
Today I encourage you to really get out of your comfort zone. Choose one or more mindful eating skills that you have struggled with over the past 3 weeks and work on it again today. If you really want a challenge, pick several. For me it’s sitting down at the table in a chair any time I eat without distractions. I’m still continue to break the habit of snacking at the kitchen counter while prepping food, but it continues to decrease. During the challenge I’ve definitely been moving to the table more and I prefer to see what I’m eating and sit in a relaxed environment.
In my head the dialog is “I don’t have time” but the reality is it takes the same amount of time, maybe 5 minutes more. I think, not I know I deserve to give myself an extra 5 minutes to nourish my body, eat at the table, and enjoy the process instead of taking bigger bites at the counter and not truly tasting my food. It feels rushed and like I’ve missed the opportunity to truly savor what I’ve created. The other part is, you feel less satisfied when you don’t use all of your senses when you eat, this includes slowing down and not muti-tasking when eating. It feels better to sit down, look at my food, close my eyes for the first bite, and truly explore the flavors and textures my food. When I stand at the counter I am not 100% enjoying the food. I am not 100% nourishing my body.
Ok, go tackle your personal challenge and observe any changes from day one! You’re doing better than you think you are!
Decide what Mindful Habit(s) you want to work on today. Perhaps it’s stopping and breathing before you eat, taking smaller bites, chewing each bite until it is the consistency of applesauce, putting your utensil down between bites, perhaps you want to give thanks or set an intention for your food to give you energy and nourishment to power through your day. Whatever you’ve struggled with – today that is your challenge. Enjoy the process of refining your Mindful Eating habit that needs more attention.