When was the last time you had a ‘proper sit down meal’ when you truly tasted your food?
Plate of nachos in front of the TV when updating social media does not count!
We are what we eat. The food which we consume builds our body, muscles, brain, organs. The quality is important but also the way we eat.
In this crazy world we are all guilty of eating in a rush, fast. It is cool to be busy and multitasking gives us a false sense of time saving.
But there is a price.
Our experience is dwarfed, we miss important details, flavours. Our body has no time to digest. This creates a void which we try to fill with even more ‘fast food’. We end up unsatisfied, hungry and fat.
But there is another way. A slow way of the gourmet, connoisseur of taste.
Do not rush, make sure you have enough time to sit down and relax before starting. And switch off your bloody phone, please!
First, even before grabbing a knife and a fork, notice the colours and the composition. Pay attention to the different tones, textures, shades and highlights of the food. Now focus on the aroma. What can you smell? Is it pleasant, warm and mellow or hot and spicy?
Can you feel your saliva glands working at the full power now? It is time for step number three, “in mouth” sensation.
Take a small bite and chew it, slowly. Notice texture, tenderness, aroma, smoothness. Swallow and pay attention to the aftertaste.
Only when satisfied take another bit and repeat the process.
When eating, let go of prejudices and expectations.
Be present. Pay attention to your emotions. Is this food making you happy and alive or sad and drained? Stop eating immediately if it is the later or if you are not enjoying this experience anymore.