Learning to really taste what we are eating and drinking can lead to greater satisfaction, which leads to less desire for food.
We talk a lot about savoring food as we learn about mindful eating. How about savoring your beverages too? If you have been to a winery for a wine-tasting, you know what I mean.
Part of mastering mindful eating is learning to appreciate taste. How something tastes when you first sample. How something tastes after a while. How something tastes when you are hungry and when you are not.
When you are learning mindful eating, the emphasis is initially on the eating process. Eating slowly and without distraction. Paying attention to hunger, fullness and taste. That’s all good and important, but what’s equally important is awareness after the fact.
One of the things I am enjoying most from my mindful eating practice is that I now choose the food I want to eat rather than the food I “should” eat. I no longer eat food that doesn’t taste good to me, and I now carefully select what does.