When was the last time you put your phone away from the dinner table and looked, REALLY looked into the eyes of the person whom you are sharing the meal with?
Let me ask you a better question.
“When was the last time you gave the food in front of you a real thought?” Any thought, like-
“Where did all of this come from?”
“How much labor and manpower was spent so that this bowl of rice could end up in front of me?”
“How is it going to nourish me?”
“Why do we eat?”
“What do YOU eat for?”
For energy? For fulfillment? For happiness? Or just out of primal, carnal need?
Do you even have an answer to this or too preoccupied with multitasking to think about such a TRIVIAL thing?
Let us not mind anything? Why think? Why ask questions? Why bother? We are a generation of mindless dimwits who are living on autopilot anyways, right! RIGHT?
We are so busy multitasking and being present at 10 different places at the same time…. we are the living and breathing examples of “Jack of all traits, and master of NONE!”
Mindfulness (Definition: Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, non judgmentally!)
Mindfulness or mindful awareness for me is being fully immersed in the act and the experience…
Mindful, is what Arjun was when he was able to focus only on the bird’s eye, zoning everyone and everything else out!
“Its absolute focus…”
Mindful, is what Sachin is when he is on the field, batting!
Mindful is what YOU are, in a meeting/at an interview/with a client! Fully present in the moment, no excuses, no distractions…
“Its paying attention…”
Now if all these situations can make you want to pay all of your attention to the task at hand, why oh why in the world would you choose not to implement the same in your personal life?
Why come home and slouch on the couch in front of the TV for hours (instead of engaging in one of your hobbies)? Why check your instagram at the dinner table (instead of savoring the the blessing on the plate) or sharing that time with your family?
I know we are a generation of instant gratification (YOLO right?), but the food in front you also deserves some gratitude and recognition, so does the gorgeous person who cooked it for you!
So, stop being so self-absorbed! No one is going to miss you if you are off the internet for half an hour!
Reality check; you are not that hip or Important! You are not the leader of the free world who has to be available to ALL 24×7! And if even he can make time for family and dinner, what great excuse you have to not do so?
Be little more thankful, mindful, little more dutiful and keep that phone off the dinner table.
Just like no one had to teach you “No chatting on whatsapp with your honey while sitting in front of a client!” You instinctively knew it, because it is common sense. Likewise, “No checking emails, tweets, insta/fb posts while sitting in front of your honey and the food that she prepared for you!”
Look at your plate, REALLY look at the food, breathe in the aroma, feel the texture while chewing it, indulge all your senses in the experience of eating, in other words, be a mindful eater 🙂
But Why so much fuss about mindful eating?
- Mindful eating helps us build a positive relationship with the food.
- It also helps restores our self-esteem and body image by shifting the focus from calories to nourishment!
- It helps with weight loss and maintenance by preventing us from over-eating!
- And, because we deserve it. We work so hard for that plate full of food, we deserve to enjoy it, enjoy every single bite of it 🙂
One personal tip to help you become a mindful eater…
Praying before a meal helps (personal experience!). It doesn’t have to be a religious thing (if you are not into religion that is..). It doesn’t have to be a spiritual thing either (although being spiritual and mindful does go hand in hand!). Just think about the food in front of you, think how it is going to nourish you, and thank all the people who have worked diligently to provide you with it!
With every bite, think of your motherland,
Hence you will be reminded of your brothers and…
Farmers and laborers work hard every day and night,
Workers work hard to prepare these goods right…
Think of them and take this bite,
Let us eat for our hearts to grow infinite…
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She is a Registered Dietitian who does not believe in dieting; She has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition but she is not your “I know it all Nutrition Guru!”; She loves food but loves talking about food even more. Her articles are a direct reflection of her personal quest where nutrition science meets real life! Oh, and she is owned by a 3 m.o. naughty kitten 🙂