This eating space should ideally only be for eating but if you must use it as a desk, be sure to clear all clutter and loose papers before you eat. A small portable file box is great for this. Eating in a relaxed and mindful state is key, and looking at tax forms or unfinished work does not help create that peaceful state. Keep this area clutter free, put out nice table linens which, if you're on a budget, you can make yourself. Use simple decorations such as flowers and candles , keep it simple and clutter free and enjoy this space.
When eating in your designated space, slow down and eat mindfully. This means no computers, tablets, phones, TV or other distractions. Peaceful music is ok. Enjoy conversation with loved ones. Focus on the food, the eating experience and the good company of your family or friends.
Additional tips for mindful eating include
- Setting a timer for 20 minutes and focusing on taking that long to eat a normal meal, if you're more than halfway done at 10 minutes, slow down and take a break, talk to your family, sip some water. It takes the brain 20 minutes to register a sense of fullness. Learning to slow down will not only help you eat what your body needs but also helps you gain more enjoyment from your food.
- Force yourself to pay attention by eating with your non-dominant hand or by using chopsticks
- Think positive thoughts while eating each bite. Every time you put a bite of food in your mouth think of one positive thing.
- Practice gratitude, With each bite think of all that went into producing the food on your plate.
Remember it only takes 21 days to make a new habit. Focus on mindful eating in January and you'll be one step closer to good health and once its' a habit ~ It's easy!