We are on the third step for mindful eating.
Step 3 is giving thanks.
This does not have to be a religious moment, though if you choose for it to be, it can.
This is a moment to be grateful for the food set before you and the opportunity and time to enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal. You can do this in prayer or in a moment of silence or reflection.
Giving thanks for our food allows us to savor the moment. When we take time to be thankful for anything, whether it is time spent with friends and family, traveling to a scenic location, or getting through a tough task, we tend to be more thoughtful and present. We listen closer to the stories our friends tell. We use all of our senses to memorize the beauty of a majestic mountain or peaceful blue ocean – the smell of trees or salt water, the feel of the breeze, the sound of birds. Being grateful for a moment brings us calmness and mindfulness.
So taking just a few moments before every meal to give thanks will center your mind, help you appreciate the meal and be mindful of everything you are doing in those moments.
It is also a great way to destress and forget about the chaos that may be in different areas of your life.
So your challenge this week is to keep up with step 1 and step 2, and add a few moments before the start of your meals to give thanks, however you choose to do so.