Lately I’ve been talking a lot about the concept of intuitive eating, both on my blog and with my in person clients. Intuitive eating takes away our need to diet because it allows us to listen to what our body needs and wants to eat.
Intuitive eating teaches us to “eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full”. However, many women that I work with struggle to realize when they are nearing satiety because they don’t bring awareness to the act of eating.
Personally, I notice that when I dine with a companion who brings lively and interesting conversation I usually eat much more slowly and I probably eat less overall. This is because the act of eating and conversing establishes a sense of relaxation and awareness to my surroundings, which keeps me present in the moment.
By allowing the eyes and nose to feast on the food before it reaches your mouth you are setting off nerve impulses that trigger the release of digestive enzymes that eventually break down the food to release its nutrients. When you mindlessly transfer food into your mouth from a bag or box you are skipping the very first stage of the digestive process.
In today’s video I talk you through the act of mindful eating, using the ‘Raisin Consciousness’ exercise created by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
This exercise challenges the way that you eat by bringing all of your attention to it, and that’s something that all of us can practice for one meal each day this week.
“When we taste with intention, even the simplest of food provides a universe of sensory experience, awakening us to them.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Grab a raisin, a strawberry or a piece of chocolate and join me in this sensory exercise that can change how you eat, how you look and how you feel.
Remember, watching and doing are two very different things. Once you have tried this exercise let me know what your most “bingeable” meal or snack is and when you will be implementing this exercise to help bring balance to your body and your plate.
With delicious awareness,
Jennifer Dene xx