Tonight Noah and I were walking back from the stables after riding and we were sharing some dried blueberries. I was eating about 5 to his 1 and then I checked myself. I realised what I was doing and decided to have one at a time like him. I appreciated the taste so much more, which is what they were all about – amazing flavour!
So I started to think about mindful eating and how the speed with which we eat has so much to do with how much enjoyment we get. I am certain that we enjoy our meals more when we take our time.
If you eat in a hurry it is possible to consume a whole plateful without really noticing your meal. When you fail to appreciate your first plateful you are likely to have seconds and then the danger of overeating kicks in. Portion control is a sure way to maintain a healthy weight.
So my top 3 foods for making me eat slowly and mindfully…
1) Mackerel. I tend to baked it whole, stuffed with tomatoes and onions. It is really delicious and full of flavour. However much you are enjoying it you have to take your time devouring it because of the bones! The delay of the bone picking makes you appreciate each mouthful because you have to work to get it. When you find a nice bone free chunk of fish it feels like a real treat.
2) Kale chips. I cook kale chips by spreading the leaves out on a baking tray, sprinkling them with salt and then putting them in a hot over (approx 200) for about 8 minutes. For me they have replaced crisps. Even though I love them you just can not get them into your mouth in any great quantity or at any great speed. They break too easily, they crumble, they spill all over you if you try. One at a time really is the only way.
3) Spaghetti. I eat brown rice spaghetti which tastes just like the real thing. It slides about just like the real thing too! Top it with some tomato sauce and the stakes are higher if you spill any! The knack of getting it onto your fork in the right quantity and twisting it round takes time to perfect. Even when you are a seasoned spaghetti eater you still need to focus to some extent. It certainly takes longer to eat than it’s Italian cousin penne.
So eating slowly and mindfully has so many benefits. Whilst you enjoy your food more because you taste it fully you also realise when to stop because you recognise when you are full. Perfect.
Come on a Revitalise Day to try lots of amazing food that will leave you completely satisfied and motivated to eat well every day. Our specialist chef caters for all dietary requirements and prides herself on making your experience as special as possible. Combine this with a day of mindfulness and it is a real winner.