I must admit this is my Achilles heel, especially at lunchtime. When knee-deep in an article, blog, email, document, or Netflix series, rarely am I focused on the textures, flavors, and smell of my food.
This disconnection often leads to mindless overeating, bloating, maybe a bowel toot or two, and a wasted experience. What works for me is to position myself away from the computer, even if only for 10 minutes — often outside with bare feet in the grass.
I then take time to focus on the smell, texture, and flavors of my food, all the while chewing slowly, of course.
This short ritual has become the time of day I most look forward to. Lately I have been silently stating a few words of appreciation for the food I am about to eat.
In the past I saw this practice of "grace" as weird, dorky, and useless, but I'm not too proud to admit I was wrong. Appreciation leaves you more open to enjoyment and on an energetic level, I believe it allows our bodies to openly receive those food nutrient messengers well.
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