After my last post, which was VERY CATHARTIC for me, I have done a lot of soul searching (for lack of a better word) and have tried to narrow down some of the things that I do that contribute to my compulsive eating and binging. One of the key things that I have figured out is that I need to SLOW DOWN and actually taste my food. Not just taste it, but enjoy it. I find
I am a great cook, and love to experiment with vegan foods, so my meals need to start with the pure enjoyment of preparing the delicious food - the art of cooking a healthy, lovely meal. Then when I sit down to eat, I need to take a bite, put my utensil down, chew slowly and really savor all the wonderful tastes - really enjoy the flavors, the texture and the pure yumminess of the experience of the food.
I read that it takes about 20 minutes after you start eating for the message to stop eating to reach your brain. If I am being serious here, I am usually finished with any meal within 5 minutes, having not tasted a damn thing that went so greedily into my mouth. *Sigh.....I have an issue.
My goal going forward is to enjoy the experience of food - both preparing it and eating it - by slowing down. I believe this to be a key component in my journey to a healthy me - and a healthy relationship with food.
Until next time, friends,