We are a goal-oriented society. We want results- NOW. We have fast food, fast information, and fast service. Days rush by so fast they become a blur. We are a society that doesn’t want to wait: for anything.
We have lost sight of the journey.
I was especially good at rushing through life. I could easily make coffee, eat a bagel and review my to do list, all at once. And this was just the first 15 minutes of my day.
Then I started Intuitive Eating*. The process of Intuitive Eating isn’t about an end goal. It isn’t a race to the finish line. Intuitive Eating teaches you to be present and attentive to NOW. My meals got me to slow down.
I didn’t expect this. I was just starting to learn to notice my hunger and fullness and eat for satisfaction. I quickly learned that this couldn’t be done doing three things at once. Oh, I tried, but it didn’t work. In order for me to notice my eating process I had to notice ME. I had to listen to my body. I slowly learned to actually sit for a meal.
Breakfast became a moment to enjoy. I not only noticed my hunger but I also noticed other things. I tasted the food. I noticed how much I enjoyed the taste and texture of certain foods; the warmth of the coffee and it’s awesome smell. I started to look out the window to the animals outside and noticed the flowers coming up and the beautiful oak tree. I also began to enjoy the day. Meals started to become satisfying in more ways than just comfortable fullness.
I suppose you could take satisfaction as far as using a tablecloth, nice silver place settings, and/or fancy glasses. Maybe even flowers or candles. Think about what you like and try it out. Eating a meal is so much nicer this way.
This doesn’t mean I still don’t race around and have days when I forget and have eaten the bagel walking around before I remember that I am an intuitive eater. But once I catch myself, I just tell myself I am human. I am not perfect. I remember how much I love when I take the time to enjoy the moments of life. I am not a cell phone or a robot to do errands all day. I am a person that tastes, and smiles, and can enjoy the average moments in life.
What a gift that is.
*Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD. Intuitiveeating.com
Sarah Gold is an intuitive eater, dietitian, chocolate lover, and dog lover,