In the midst of what some consider a renaissance of food (the recent reemergence of local, sustainable, farm to table, artisanal, etc), eating has ironically lost a lot of its enjoyment. We've lost site of moderation and balance, and blame things like the obesity epidemic on the government, media and other external sources. It's time to re-focus on ourselves. The more attention and respect you pay to the actual act of feeding yourself, the closer we can get back to a healthy attitude towards food. Here's an exercise to try at your next meal:
Sit down (don't stand) at a cleared off, clean table.
Eliminate all distractions like television, music, talk radio, books, magazines and your phone.
Take a few deep, calming breaths.
Try to eat something simple and from nature like a piece of avocado with greens on whole grain bread. No dressings or sauces.
Take a bite and pay attention to the naturally complex and delicious flavors.
Eat slowly. Chew well.
*The brain takes at least 20 minutes to register fullness so take your time- that's why eating quickly leads to over eating.
Eat until you are satiated, not stuffed.
Avoid drinking anything while you eat- liquids can hinder digestion by diluting your stomach's gastric juices.
Be kind to your body; pay attention to it.