Are You a Mindful Eater?

Taking time to savor your food is the latest trend

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

It’s late. You’re starving. That bag full of delicious takeout isn’t going to stay hot and steamy forever. So what do you do? You wolf it down, of course! Who cares if it’s burning the roof of your mouth and completely devoured before the first scene of 30 Rock is over?

Too bad we aren't truly enjoying our food. Maybe next time we should take a cue from the New York Times and practice the Buddhist way of “mindful eating.” According to the newspaper, this approach asks that eaters take time to smell, chew and really taste the flavors of the food they’re putting in their mouths—and even to go so far as to Put. The. Fork. Down. between every single bite.

“This is anti-diet,” Dr. Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, tells the Times. “I think the fundamental problem is that we go unconscious when we eat.”

OK, so next time we'll vow not to watch Liz Lemon and company until after we have concentrated on how fabulous that Kung Pao Chicken really is. Maybe we won’t even eat it all in one sitting. And if that happened, we’d only miss the first half of the show. See, we’re being mindful already.

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First Published February 8, 2012

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