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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mindful Eating: You Don't Have to Be a Monk to Try It

Today's New York Times Dining section has a wonderful story on mindful eating that ranges from the techniques of Buddhist monks to everyday tips for the rest of us. Check it out! You'll be inspired to spend more time noticing what you put in your mouth.

Be sure to check out the story today if you aren't a NYT subscriber; tomorrow it goes behind the paywall!


  1. After I read your blog and the attached article I decided to try some mindful eating at lunch. I had a wicked stressful morning, the cafeteria was closing in ten minutes and there was no healthy vegetarian option!! What to do, what to do?? I convinced myself that grilled chicken on a roll with lettuce, tomato and balsamic vinaigrette was the best option, but I still felt guilty about the meat. I took my first bite without thinking and wasn’t impressed. The roll was too big, the chicken was, well, too chickeny. Blech. I decided to just try the chicken alone. That’s when I remembered the mindful eating. I didn’t have a knife, so I just speared the chicken with a fork, took a bite, closed my eyes, and tried to mindfully eat the chicken. I still felt guilty and as I opened my eyes I mindfully watched the chicken slide right off my fork and fall to the floor! I think it even bounced before I could react. Sigh….. I reached down and mindfully picked up the chicken and threw it in the trash. I then mindfully ate the roll, lettuce and tomato sandwich and you know what – it tasted wonderful and filled me up completely! Who knew mindful eating could have a mind of its own!

    1. Thanks for the wonderful story! No matter how many times we reread this, it always makes us laugh.