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Day 7: Why Does Food Taste Good?

Have you ever stopped to think about why a particular food or meal tastes good? Is it the texture? Or perhaps, the mix of salty and sweet? Or maybe it’s the crunch?

Slow down today and pay attention to why certain food tastes good. Don’t multitask while you eat, set your utensils down (or the food itself, in the case of a sandwich) in between bites.

One of the biggest fumbles related to food is mindless eating – both in eating food and not taking the time to enjoy it, and also in eating food that you really don’t want to eat!

If you are going to eat something, it should be delicious, satisfying, and fun!

Making health and fitness fun

One of the best things you could ever do for your health (and sanity) is to slow down and be present while you eat.

The process of digestion is so much more than just what goes on inside your stomach and your intestines… which would also benefit from you slowing down. There is great power in paying attention to the process of eating.

Don’t just eat to eat. Commit to eating foods that not only give you energy and make you feel good, but also taste really good.

Healthy food can taste good, and if your goal is to live a healthy, happy, fit life for the long-term, it’s important to choose nourishing foods that you enjoy eating.

So today, and for the rest of this 30-day challenge, choose your meals deliberately and tune-in while you eat them.

What do you notice when you deliberately pay attention while you eat?

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LeeAnne December 7, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Eating deliberately is a HUGE obstacle for me… my breakfast is eaten while making my lunch, my lunch is eaten while I’m at my computer working, my dinner is eaten way too fast, which leads me to eating more than I should…. so I guess I need to refocus…. sit and eat my breakfast without multi-tasking, eat lunch away from my desk – maybe a conference room and dinner…. my goal is always to take 20 mins to eat so my food actually hits my stomach before I go for seconds…. Thanks for the reminder Sheila!! xoxo

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Sheila December 7, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I think a lot of people can relate to that LeeAnne. I think your idea of eating away from your desk in a conference room is great! Love your idea about waiting 20 mins before you go back for seconds as well!

One of the things that helps me to tune in and stop my mind from going a million miles a minute (thinking about all the things I have to do when I am done eating) is to seriously ask myself, “why does this taste so good?” So that refocuses my attention on the food and the process of eating. I’ve noticed a big difference in how satisfied I feel when I do this while eating, versus when I try to multi-task while eating, and I end up going back for more food less often.

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Emily December 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I notice how things will taste different in my mouth. When I eat deliberately, I take small bites, and I move it across my mouth while I chew. I can detect the nuances of taste that vary depending on where the food is in my mouth. I also pay attention to the feel as I swallow. I notice when I do this a single bite takes five to six times longer than when I’m eating while driving somewhere, or writing emails, or reading, etc… Connecting with my food in this way allows me to establish a relationship with it, which makes it much more fulfilling than being detached from it.

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Sagan December 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM

This is why I like having dinner parties – there are gourmet dishes that everyone SAVOURS and everyone is there to eat so they pay attention to the food. It’s wonderful.

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