Are you practicing mindful eating?

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Kara Martin Snyder

Kara Martin Snyder offers pragmatic health & lifestyle options for frazzled entrepreneurs with all heart and no bullsh*t. Take care of you as much as you take care of business.

Are you practicing mindful eating? - Lioness MagazineQ:

Hey Kara, how can I balance being more present when eating lunch without being totally bored out of my skull? – Angelica

A:

Hey right back atcha, Angelica.

This is a great question. Right now, there’s a glut of information about mindful eating out there, but actually sitting down to do it can feel pretty uncomfortable at times. Seriously, you’re an entrepreneur. If I had to guess, I bet you move lightning-fast. Are you really going to suddenly go from feverishly cranking out work all morning and suddenly drop into this serene, spa-like mode for lunch?

Not saying you don’t have the gumption, but damn, Lady, that switch sounds painful. If you were a client of mine, here are two questions that I’d want to kick the tires on with you:

What’s in it for you? If you’re contemplating this, you must want to see some sort of change happen. What are at least 3 reasons that don’t include the word should?

[Note: I’d be totally remiss as a digestive system nerd if I didn’t mention that digestion actually starts in the brain. Yup, your brain is the on-switch, but it takes a hot minute for all of your southern digestive muscles and chemicals to get their act together. When we fling ourselves into a chair and scarf down half our meal in 3 minutes, it’s pretty much a great start for indigestion, gas and bloating. Just sayin’ in case you were fumbling for Reason No. 3.]

What’s realistic for you right now? You wouldn’t go from a casual meditation practice to a week-long silent retreat in Tibet, right? How about 5 mindful minutes to start the meal and work up as necessary? Would using chopsticks help slow you down mechanically, hormonally and emotionally? Would relaxing music help change the environment without banishing you to a black hole of stimulation? More importantly, is what you’re eating boring to your senses? Delicious, healthy and stimulating need not be difficult and time-consuming.

Those are all ideas. If you have a better one, try it. Hell, if it works, share it!

– Kara

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About Kara Martin Snyder

Kara Martin Snyder, CHHC is the Owner & Chief Strategist over at vital corps, a health and wellness studio located at the intersection of strategic action and self-care. Kara's not your run of the mill, woo-woo wellness coach, though. Sure, she's got the classroom and professional creds that many health coaches have but she's also got an arsenal of bad-assery stemming from her boardroom, kitchen, and street savvy. Serving whipsmart, Type A, professional women since 2009, Kara deconstructs the broken processes in her clients' lives and together they co-create actionable, manageable steps to creating healthier lives spiked with passion and slathered with joy. Forget frazzled and famished, it's time to get focused and downright fierce... without starvation, deprivation, or tribulation. Visit her little slice of digital Shangri-La at http://vitalcorpswellness.com/ and get on the list to receive exclusive action-stoking and thought-evoking goodness in your inbox.

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