The Vida Mindful Eating Method
Mindful eating helps us learn to hear what our body is telling us about hunger and satisfaction. It helps us become aware of who in the body/heart/mind complex is hungry, and how and what is best to nourish it.
Today for each meal try using the “Vida Mindful Eating Method” outlined here:
Serve yourself a well-balanced meal that is a reasonable portion.
Either mentally or physically, separate this portion in half and slowly enjoy half of the meal.
After you have enjoyed the first half of the meal, pause for 5-10 minutes while enjoying water.
After 5-10 minutes, check in with yourself and your feelings of fullness. Are you still hungry? Or do you feel satisfied?
If you feel satisfied, you can end your meal now.
If you’re still hungry, divide what is remaining on your plate in half again and eat half of what is there.
After you have enjoyed this half, pause again for 5-10 minutes while enjoying water.
Again after 5-10 minutes, check in with yourself and your feelings of fullness.
If you’re still hungry, repeat the process by dividing what is left on your plate in half and eating that half.
Repeat this process until you feel full and satisfied.
What do you notice about eating in this way? How did the amount that you ate differ from the amount that you typically eat?