That’s a fair question.
In our Western culture words like mindfulness and awareness can feel unfamiliar, even weird. Thankfully that’s changing. Still a lot of people tell me that they’re afraid that mindful eating will be boring – they think they’ll be giving something up if they eat this way.
So let’s start by taking a look at what mindful eating is NOT:
- It’s not eating in slow motion like a sloth
- It doesn’t mean you can never ever do anything but eat when you eat
- It’s not about counting 30 chews per bite (barf!)
- It’s not about eating only whole foods
- It doesn’t mean you have to become a Zen master, which I understand takes a very long time
Mindful eating IS about having:
- A full-on, deep down, satisfying pleasure experience
- A rejuvenating mini-vacation for your body and brain, several times a day
- The freedom to choose food you truly enjoy – and the peace and confidence to enjoy a sane amount
- A practice that leads you to a comfortable weight and keeps you there (rather than losing and regaining the same old weight)
- Confidence. Its effectiveness is proven again and again by researchers and, more importantly, by real people with real lives
Does this sound boring to you!?! This is eating at its very best – it’s exciting and peaceful at the same time. Hmmm, that just might be the confusion…
Peaceful is not the same thing as boring.
I could go on and on enthusiastically because this way of living with food literally freed me from a thirty year imprisonment. That’s why I call it liberated eating. I was enslaved by two masters: restriction (too little) and compulsion (too much) – with a whole lot of angst banging around between the two. The relief and joy of my liberation never leaves; it fuels my passion for coaching others to their own health and freedom.
Anyone can step away from relentless dieting and learn how to trust themselves and honor their own body’s innate wisdom again.
I know, I know – that sounds scary, but don’t worry about the lack of food-rules. Our freedom is not an excuse for indulgence, which always takes more than it gives. Liberated eating is rooted in wisdom and respect, which always give back more than they require.
WOW! There’s certainly nothing boring about that!
*Thank you, National Geographic, for this photo and so much more.