When it comes to food, I was one of those who devoured it in minutes with no trace of anything being on my plate once before. I remember, some days that my husband cooked this amazing Argentinian milanesas, and all the sudden I look down and everything was gone, what happened?!?! Food was amazing! However, I had eaten it so fast that I forgot to enjoy it!
I think a lot of people can relate! Eating lunch at their desk while finishing up a project, or being on a conference call. How many times have you finished your lunch in autopilot mode? For many of us it happens quite often. This autopilot habit is one that we need to stop since it’s not helping us live or enjoy the present moment, specially our food!
The great news is that we can change and train ourselves to live in the present moment through mindfulness meditation, but the better news is that the meditation practice can be done while eating!
How so? It’s called Mindful Eating, and is the practice of paying attention to the full experience of eating or even drinking. This experience is divided into two parts. The first one, is about paying close attention to the colors, smells, textures, flavors and even temperature of what we are eating. The second, is to observe our body closely, how it reacts as we take a bite or a sip, noticing how it feels to be hungry and how do we feel when we are satisfied.
This practice seems easy, but soon you’ll realize as you do you it more and more, how many eating habits were adopted without even noticing it. But besides enjoying our food and slowing down, Mindful Eating has plenty of wonderful benefits like:
- Eating smaller portions as we eat slower and we observe our body to determine when it’s actually satisfied
- Weight management, other than learning portion control, we also learn to listen to our body and give it what it actually needs, changing those cravings for more conscious healthier choices
- And the best one, it’s a great way to train our mind to remain present, the more we practice, the less we’ll do things in autopilot
Guided Mindful Eating Sessions
Welzen will be soon providing guided mindful eating sessions in your favorite Atlanta restaurants. Our first session, will be at the “Argentinian Food, Wine, and Cultural Festival”, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience guided mindful eating sessions while enjoying delicious Argentine dishes.
Our sessions will be taught by the wonderful Lena Franklin. Lena is a psychotherapist, with a private practice in Atlanta, dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve greater balance in their everyday life. Lena holds a Master of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
So I invite all of you who are close to Atlanta, to join us for this wonderful day of delicious cuisine, culture, and wellness!
Argentinian Food, Wine, and Cultural Festival
Dates: October 29th – 30th
Time: Oct. 29 , 12:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Oct. 30, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Address: Greystone at Piedmont Park,1071 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA
Tickets Available at: http://argfoodfest.com/