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Friday Food Quote

24 Aug

641469772_443795bb89“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
– Luciano Pavarotti

We eat three, if not more times per day. When we eat we chose what we want to eat, how we want to eat it, where and sometimes why.

When eating this weekend with your friends, family, community, or on your own try to be mindful of all of the steps the food has taken to appear on your plate; the energy that it took to grow, the soil, worms, bees, sunshine, rain, the people who harvested it, and brought it to the market (whether the farmers or super). Thinking about the process before eating, may lead you to take a step back, breathe deep and before digging in, really appreciate all that went into your food.

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Seven habits to eating more mindfully and with more awareness

7 Mar

Harvard nutritionist, Dr. Lillian Cheung who co-wrote “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh outlines seven habits of mindful eating:

1. Honor the food: We should appreciate where our food comes from, and acknowledge the steps it took to arrive on our plate.

2. Engage all of your senses: Focus on the tastes, sight, beauty, aroma, touch, texture, and sound of your food.

3. Be mindful of portion sizes: Start your meal with a modest amount, and buy dinner plates that are no larger than 9 inches.  Research has shown that the larger the plate, the more one will eat.

4. Chew your food: Chewing helps us to digest our food due to the enzymes in our saliva. The taste of our food comes from chewing, and once we swallow we no longer taste it.

5. Eat slowly: Eating slowly allows us to enjoy the food and taste it better. As a result we eat less.

6. Do not skip meals: If you are very hungry, you end up eating more in one sitting then you would have if you spread your meals out each day.

7. Eat a plant based diet: Vegetables are filled with wonderful nutrients that help our bodies in numerous ways.

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