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The Art of Enjoying Food

Biryani

Biryani

 

I come home from work, exhausted, tired & famished. I hear the call for dinner.

It’s Biryani!

Hmmm… just the thought brings water to my mouth.

The the aroma brings me closer.

I prepare myself for the encounter, and walk towards the table.

I set my eyes on the biryani, and it looks back at me.

My mind is now empty of all thoughts other than the through of devouring it.

I make the attack!

The first bite is sooo good, I immediately move on to the second, then the third, fourth, fifth.

Before I know it. It’s all over.

My plate looks like an abandoned battle scene. Bones & pieces of meat lying around.

Even though it seems that I won…

I Actually Lost.

I love Biryani, but I didn’t enjoy it. It finished of so fast.

I was feeling full & bloated.

At the end, I didn’t want anymore.

Pleasure turned into Pain.

Are you enjoying your food?

Do you get that feeling of regret after having a meal, that you’ve had too much? ’cause of which you start feeling lazy.

This happens when we have eating habits like:

  • Eating while watching TV / YouTube
  • Having a meal over phone / skype
  • Eating too fast

Mindful Eating – The Secret to enjoy eating food

Have you heard of Mindful eating? No it’s not about eating anyone’s mind. :-)

Mindful eating a simple practice of being present while eating, and the secret to enjoy food.

Here’s why.

When you’re present, your senses are on full alert (like Spidey sense). As a result you will:

  • Start noticing the color and texture of your food
  • Appreciate where the food has come from and the effort gone into making it
  • Get a heightened sense of taste
  • Know when you’re feeling full, and when to stop

One step to Mindful eating

The secret to forming a new habit is to start small. So let’s focus on just one step.

Just do this one thing, and you’ll notice a Big difference in how much you start enjoying your food.

“Prepare for the next bite, only after you’ve finished the previous one completely.”

This one action makes you stop and savour what is in your mouth. Then creates anticipation for the next bite. It also makes you aware how much food taking in your next bite.

With Mindful Eating you not only enjoy your food more, but also feel good about yourself for not over eating.

Have you tried mindful eating? do share your thoughts below.

Farewell Ramadhan

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The whole dua/prayer can be read here.

The Chocolate Meditation

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Feeling overworked, stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break and try out the Chocolate Meditation.

Choose some chocolate—either a type that you’ve never tried before or one that you have not eaten recently. It might be dark and flavorsome,organic or fair-trade or whatever you choose. The important thing is to choose a type you wouldn’t normally eat or that you consume only rarely.

Here goes:
•    Open the packet. Inhale the aroma. Let it sweep over you.

•    Break off a piece and look at it. Really let your eyes drink in what it looks like, examining every nook and cranny.
•    Pop it in your mouth. See if it’s possible tohold it on your tongue and let it melt, noticingany tendency to suck at it. Chocolate has over three hundred different flavors. See if you can sense some of them.
•    If you notice your mind wandering while you do this, simply notice where it went, then gently escort it back to the present moment.
•    After the chocolate has completely melted,swallow it very slowly and deliberately. Let it trickle down your throat.
•    Repeat this with the next piece.

How do you feel? Is it different from normal? Did the chocolate taste better than if you’d just eaten it at a normal breakneck pace?

Next month, the Ice-Cream Meditation. :-)

Source: Mindfulness by Mark Williams and Danny Pennman

Is there a Mom?

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A Nice Thought

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A wise man once sat in the audience & cracked a joke.
All laughed like crazy. After a moment he cracked the same joke again and a little less people laughed this time.
He cracked the same joke again & again, When there was no laughter in the crowd,
he smiled and said

“When u can’t laugh on the same joke again & again, then why do u keep crying over the same thing over and over again.”



Arif’s comment: Thanks for this email forward Hina :-)

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