You are in charge of what you eat, every morsel you buy and put in your mouth are because you are in control. You are the key to your health. You get to decide or choose. You can choose to do this. It’s a great feeling when you get to realize this. Breathe you can either chop up a frenzy in your kitchen being only slightly aware of your surroundings or thoughts and you might catch yourself holding your breath with your mind back at the office or in some conversation But this is the time to breathe breathe in deeply. Look at your ingredients the shapes and the colours smell them as you are chopping or pealing breath in deeply and relax breath in deeply for they say that it relaxes you physically breathing, they say helps you digest food and loose weight. Breathe, breathe, breathe with every stroke of the knife slow your chopping down to a rhythm, your hypnotic beat breathe in and out letting go of the days tension taking in the goodness of this nurturing experience letting go of anger and frustration breathe, smile, breathe, smile please laugh being grateful pause the mind think of this moment as part of a nurturing ritual that feeds your soul as well as your body. When you eat chew slowly like your mother use to tell you chew slowly and breathe with intention taste and chew and taste and breathe taste and see that it is good what flavours do you taste? Make salads with a whole variety of flavours: juicy fruity pears or peaches, lemon rind, piquant peppers crunchy cabbage bitter parsley nutty seeds creamy avocado biting radishes salty celery... give your taste buds a feast and celebrate the goodness of whole food. Let the sensations and textures of crunch and smooth and rough swirl around your mouth and with your breath become intimately involved with your food. It is allowed it is a feast to experience with all your senses. Enjoy and please don’t leave yourself out of the experience! You deserve to join in the mindfulness. Breathe and celebrate.
The more mindful you are during preparation and eating of food the more you will enjoy the experience. Mindfulness helps you find perspective and you begin to relax because you realize little by little that the joy is in savoring the whole of life. Take care.