I was just talking with a new client today about the 90/10 healthy eating rule: If you are eating healthy food 90 percent of the time, 10 percent you get to eat whatever you want as long as you ENJOY IT!
The whole idea here is that we need to feed our spirits too. I will never forget a meditation class that I took a few years ago. One class was focused on meditative or mindful eating. Our instructor gave us each a large strawberry dipped in chocolate. We couldn’t eat it right away. We each had to hold it. Smell it. Look at it carefully. We had to fully absorb the experience with our senses. Finally, we could taste it–fully.
I remember closing my eyes and biting into that juicy, ripe strawberry with its hard, crunchy, chocolate outer coating. Nothing compared to that intense burst of flavor. Every one of my senses was alive and alert to the experience. I enjoyed it so much, the memory is etched forever in my mind.
While I don’t expect every meal to be quite that memorable, savoring the experience makes it so much more enjoyable. When we sit down to dinner now, we no longer watch the evening news (too depressing). The kids have all moved on, so it’s my husband and me sitting side by side at our kitchen counter. I usually silently bless my food before I eat it. I’m appreciating the energy of the food that is supporting my energy. We had decided that this is our time together, so we agreed not to answer the phone if it rings. We eat with some conversation and some quiet in peaceful comfort.
Whether it’s a delicious special something in that 10 percent category or a tasty, nutritious meal, the ritual of coming together and eating in an unhurried, mindful pace gives us nourishment for mind, body and spirit. Bon Apetit!