“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” ~Mark Twain
I was definitely hungry before I began eating. I had just come home from a 4-mile hike. I did a little bit of tasting before the meal was fully prepared. However, I had enough hunger to still really enjoy the meal.
I noticed the aroma of the food. The berries (strawberries, boysenberries, blueberries, & raspberries) smelled so sweet and fresh. The lemon-pepper chicken smelled nourishing. The crackle of the olive oil, cooking in the pan, was like a dance.
The chicken had a peppery bite to it. I loved the crunch of the organic green beans and carrots when I bit into them. The boysenberries melted in my mouth as I put them on my tongue.
I noticed that I continue to like to eat one item of food at a time. I tried varying the bites of foods on my plate, my I just end up eating one thing at a time.
I didn’t eat all of my chicken. I think I was able to really tune in, and ask my body how much food it wanted. I saved the strawberries for another time. When I slow down, I can really better notice when I hit satisfaction in my body.
I was fully present during my meal. I turned off the television. I sat down at a table, with my food on a plate. I haven’t done that in years. It was strange, foreign, and exciting. I approached this challenge like an experiment. I took notes, and tried to be nonjudgmental. Sometimes eating alone brings up uncomfortable feelings, but this time it did not.
I really tasted my food with awareness, instead of the mindless munching I typically do.
I’d like to complete this challenge again. Maybe next week?
What is the most difficult part about being in-the-moment for you?