Time for Food

The importance of being mindful of what we eat

In our current era of fast technology, rapid globalisation and people working around the clock, daily necessities like food and eating have been placed on the back-burner.

Eating breakfast in the car, scoffing down lunch in front of the computer, dinner on the couch with eyes glued to the television and barely registering what is going into your body - mindless eating - is something we all probably do from time to time.

Mindfulness is simply an awareness of life, and our food plays a significant role to fuel and nourish life. Mindful eating is the process of concentrating on your eating experience, savouring each mouthful and enjoying the time you spend ingesting your food.

Setting aside 15-30 minutes for each meal may not be as difficult as it sounds, and multi-tasking at meal times is not as efficient as we may think. You could perhaps have done the same amount of work in the time that you spend single-tasking the eating and the working combined.

Appreciating food can be stimulated by talking and sharing your food with other people, focusing on chewing each bite and taking pleasure in savouring the taste, texture and individual flavours of each ingredient. This way, you are less likely to overeat, you will have fun and eating might become something you look forward to!

Words by Jing Pang

Posted on 01 June 2013 in - Temenos Journal - Time

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