Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a blessed Easter, especially with all this social distancing. I had to work at my nursing job, and of course, they gifted us all candy. Plus, I bought some peanut butter eggs for my family to share. Chocolate is high in phosphorus and potassium, not to mention fat. It is irresistible and delicious. But, are you really enjoying it, or just eating it to eat it? Mindful eating will help you enjoy and appreciate food and may help you lose weight. By eating less, and thoroughly enjoying it, in a slow and controlled manner, is a great skill to learn.
So, today’s Mindful Monday exercise is to only eat one item of chocolate candy or any candy. Follow the steps below to mindfully enjoy that one piece of candy.
1- Pick your piece. This is a big decision so choose wisely.
2- Smell the candy with the wrapper on. Then slowly remove the candy and smell it again. Note what it smells like. Savor the smell, enjoying the aroma. If the smell is unpleasant then you really shouldn’t eat it.
3- Feel the candy with your hands. Note what it feels like and enjoy the feeling of the candy.
4- Look closely at the candy. It should be appealing to your eyes. If it is not don’t eat it, you probably really don’t want it.
5- You can’t hear the candy, most likely, but you can notice how it sounds when unwrapping the candy. Take note of the sounds, compare it to other familiar sounds.
6- Finally the most important step, taste the candy. Take a small bite, as long as it is not hard candy. Notice how it tastes. Roll it around on your tongue savoring all the delicious flavors. Then take more small bites. Don’t put the whole thing in your mouth, unless it is hard candy and can not be nibbled. Thoroughly enjoy the piece of candy.
You may do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. See if you get different results each time. Try enjoying your candy by candlelight, our outside in the fresh air, maybe in a bubble bath. Do not do it if you are going to sleep.
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