How to mindfully eat a sweet treat

Do you think about what you are eating, when you are eating? Do you serf your phone, sit by the computer, or watch TV when you chow down?

Have you ever snarfed down your food so fast, you didn't even pay attention to what it tastes like?

Don't do that with these darlings.

It takes about 20 minutes for our brains to get the message, that our stomaches are full. So when we sit down and stuff our face as fast as we can, it's no wonder we feel agonizingly full afterward. No fun. Not only do we overeat when we speed eat, we also overload our digestive system, making it difficult for our beautiful bods to properly assimilate the nutrients in our veggie loaded dinner.

So this weekend, let's practice eating mindfully. This means sitting at a dining table, not at our work tables, and not standing in the kitchen. And it means taking the time to chew our food. Properly chewing food helps ease digestion, allowing our bodies to properly assimilate the nutrients. Here are some tips for slowing down chow time; allowing our bods to get the nutrients they need, allowing our minds to relax and take pleasure, and allowing our spirits to soak in the love of gathering at the table.

  • Turn off the TV.

  • Turn your phone on silent and put it in a different room.

  • Light a candle.

  • Sit at the dining table.

  • Take a deep breath, in through your nose out through your nose.

  • Say a prayer. Say thanks. Food is a gift.

  • Chew every mouthful of food at least 30 times before swallowing. (seriously, try it - it's crazy!)

  • While chewing, think about the flavor, texture, and smell of the food. Savour it.

  • Put your fork down while you chew. (no more shoveling the next bite of food in before you swallow)

  • Take a sip of water between bites every now and then.

  • Talk to your friends and family - and don't talk with your mouth full!

  • Sit and chat after the meal. (this allows your body to digest the food properly, and allows you to connect with the ones you love more deeply - all good things!)

And then... slowly nibble on this Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Ingredients

1 1/2 c. - oats (buy GF if needed/desired) 
1/2 c. - almond meal flour (any type of flour should work)
1/4 t. - sea salt
1/4 t. - baking soda
1/2 t. - cinnamon
1/4 t. - cardamom 
2 - bananas
1/4 c. - apple sauce 
1 t. - raw organic honey
1 c. - dark chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredient.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash bananas, then stir in apple sauce and honey.
  4. Mix wet ingredients in with the dry.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet, pressing them down to slightly flatten. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Now go for a spring stroll around town. Happy weekend!

xo,
Tina


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