When Eating, Just Eat

Food is nurturance. To be able to digest and assimilate nutrients from our food, it is best to be present to the experience. If our attention is taken away from the sensory experience of appreciating our food, we miss out on the comfort and pleasure that eating can offer to us.

Make a date with yourself and try just eating rather than eating while doing something else at the same time: reading, scrolling the cell phone, watching TV or driving.

Just eating lets you notice when the first sense of fullness of your stomach arrives, so you don’t eat more than you need to feel satisfied in the moment.

Yoga suggests letting the stomach have a third solids, a third liquids and a third of remaining space. Try it. You may be surprised at how enjoyable it feels to just eat.