Obvious Advice We All Ignore.
When I started reading Eating Mindfully, I was expecting its author, psychologist Susan Albers, to tell me something I didn’t know. I was ready to hear game changing insights on the way we think about food and our habits surrounding eating. I was hoping some of this new information would flip a switch in my brain and allow me to view food in a whole new way.
But from cover to cover, I did not find anything in this book that I didn’t already know. In fact, each page seemed to be filled with even more obvious observations and advice than the last.
Of course, it’s better to take your time when you’re eating a meal.
Clearly, you should listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re full.
Obviously, paying attention to the way your body digests and reacts to the foods you eat will be insightful.
I was about to close the book and give up reading half-way through when I stopped to ask myself: okay, so if you know all of this would be good for your health and improve your relationship with food, why aren’t you DOING any of it? In that moment, I decided to stop looking to this book for new insights and start reading it as a challenge.
Take your time eating your next meal - really experience all the flavors, textures and sounds.
Next time you go out to dinner, listen to your body and stop eating when you feel full.
Pay attention to the way you feel after eating different foods.
Reading this advice was one thing, but actually giving it a try allowed me to change my perspective about the food I was putting in my body. Though I think I’d have to consciously follow this advice every time I eat for weeks before I’d truly reprogram my brain surrounding food, I do believe that each meal I’ve had with this mindset has brought me a step closer to understanding the ways in which I can most effectively fuel my body.
All in all, I’d say that Eating Mindfully is not the book for you if you’re looking to have your mind blown, but if you’re looking to have your mind changed, it’s definitely worth a read.