I have a delicious challenge for you. (Oh, and the feature image for this post is my double decker chocolate bar ).
Chocolate meditation. Can you do it?
I’m a little bit obsessed with the concept of mindful eating. I’ve written about it on the blog. I’m certainly no picture of perfection but it is something I am, well, mindful of. Some days I eat while I watch a Ted Talk / online tutorial / listen to an audio book – especially when I’m working alone. It’s actually quite difficult to do nothing but appreciate your food during the time that you’re eating it.
The first thing I noticed when becoming a more mindful eater? I wasn’t as hungry and didn’t want as much food.. there was other stuff I ‘wanted’ more… Like getting stuff done. I found that really interesting.
Let’s take the act of eating chocolate. When you do absolutely nothing other than eat chocolate (or whatever substance floats your boat for that matter) it is a blissful experience. You might be surprised to know it will mean that you also digest your food better and register satisfaction and the ability to stop, much sooner than if you were to be doing something else at the time.
So I want you to do this: Take 2-3 squares of your favourite chocolate (Make an ultra quick chocolate bar of your own HERE)
- Break off one piece.
- Sit quietly where you have ZERO distractions.
- Close your eyes and pop the square into your mouth.
- Eat the piece slowly. Chomp down on it once, then swirl it around and let it melt and coat your entire mouth.
- Pause and take a deep breath afterwards (with a smile on your face!) and repeat a further 2 times.
How was that?
pictured: My chocolate coconut shards
I thought so… From now on, your chocolate deserves mindful eating practice, don’t you think? Eating chocolate this way means you register with yourself that you’ve eaten the chocolate, instead of registering that you’ve watched the crazy cat video on facebook and then thinking – hmmm, I still need more chocolate.
Craving chocolate like a crazy person all the time? You might want to check with your health professional about supplementing with magnesium.
Do you find mindful eating hard? Easy? I’m dying to hear what you think of this little exercise! Let me know.
Do you want my seriously beginner’s guide to meditation? I wrote about it here.
Low Tox Life for the win!