I don’t ‘allow’ myself time to buy the right ingredients and plan meals. I dream about healthy meals, but don’t cook them! I never feel satisfied because I’m not eating mindfully and continue eating, even when I’m not hungry anymore. There are a lot of issues around pleasure and guilt – thanks to my Calvinistic upbringing!
Oksana gives me an exercise in mindful eating:
Eat one raisin and take no less than 3 minutes to eat it, using all the senses, playing with it first, inspecting and examining it, touching it, squeezing it, then rolling it on your tongue, biting it and tasting it! It’s amazing what a difference that makes!
Also, before I eat, I have to stop and assess what I really feel like and if I’m even really hungry. Do I feel like something sweet or salty, crunchy or smooth, spicy or not and then, when eating, I have to make myself taste and enjoy every bite.
This simple step has already made a difference to the way I usually approach meals. I find myself eating smaller portions and taking more time choosing food I like.