Mindful Eating: A Melon

The first thing I notice about the beautiful melon I am about to eat is the color. It reminds me of the creamsicles I used to eat as a child. As I stab my fork into one of the chunks, I can feel the resistance as it slides down into its flesh. I bring the fork up to my nose and inhale deeply. I close my eyes and try to pick out the individual scents that make up the whole. I can feel the coldness of it against my skin as I bring the fork closer to my mouth. There is just a hint of sweetness on my tongue because this one isn’t very ripe. I place the melon into my mouth and slowly chew. I am aware that this melon tastes much like it smells, like summer. This experience reminds me of my youth and hot, hazy days when I spent more time outside than inside.  As I swallow, another deeper taste lingers on the back of my tongue, sweetness, and even a slight tartness. I breathe in and savor the experience.

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Pushing Away The Plate

plate_with_leftovers_of_roast_dinner_-_print_versionWere you told to eat everything on your plate before you could leave the table? On my intuitive eating journey, one of the hardest things to do has been to push away my plate once I’m full. I grew up believing that wasting food was a sin.

Many of us received a similar message growing up. How do we change our habits and free ourselves from food guilt? Permit yourself to “waste” food. You heard me correctly. We all need a place to start our journey, and this is a place to do just that. One of my practices is composting. Knowing that the food is going back into the Earth to nourish Her makes me feel good. We also have chickens on our property, and they love the goodies we leave on the compost pile every day. Our chickens give us the most glorious eggs you’ve ever seen or eaten in return.

Not everyone can compost or has chickens to give their leftovers to. An alternative way to keep you from creating food waste is through using a smaller plate at your meals. A smaller plate helps you to manage the amount of food you are consuming in the first place. Know that you have permission to get more food if your body needs it. I find that waiting 5 minutes before I go for seconds helps. It takes a few minutes for the satiety message to hit the brain. We often eat with our eyes and, in so doing, can not hear the fullness message from the stomach.  Intuitive eating takes practice and you will have days that will be hard.  Be gentle, and kind to yourself along the way.

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