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January 12, 2022

Eat, Drink & Be Mindful

One of the more fundamental functions of being human – of being a mammal, an animal – is eating. It’s a repetitive process, for which we almost always are on autopilot. Not only do most of us tend to eat the same foods every day – I eat peanut butter every morning – but the way in which we eat is often the same. One of the big adjustments for me during my first silent retreat was eating at a much slower pace – putting my utensils down after each bite. It was a profound experience.

This podcast with Jonathan Foust talks about eating as a spiritual practice. Jonathan notes we can transform our relationship with food. That we can be more mindful, that we can use our senses intentionally while consuming. All of our senses. Savoring each moment during a meal.

One key is to avoid binging when we’re not hungry. Learning to be aware of what are our triggers that cause binging. The environment and emotions that contribute to that. What are those dining companions that cause us to binge?

Jonathan also talks about how to replace self-criticism with compassion when it comes to food. How to be curious and playful with our meals. Eat, drink and be mindful. This book – “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” – by Brian Wansink can teach us more…