30 Days of Mindful Eating: Switch It Up

How did it feel to eat with your non-dominant hand yesterday? How did it make you think or feel differently toward your food? 

It’s funny how something so simple can change so much. Yesterday, when I sat down with my cereal for breakfast, I started eating with my left hand.

At first, I was impressed with how ambidextrous I seemed to be. That is, until I needed just a little more dexterity as the contents of the bowl got lower and lower. Then it was just plain old annoying.

Most days, I eat on auto-pilot. I don’t have to think much about what I’m eating or how I’m eating. Instead, it tends to be more of a “When did my plate get so empty?” kind of experience. Switching to my non-dominant hand forced me to be much more aware of what and how I was eating. It also forced me to slow down which, in turn, drove me to become more aware of what was on my plate – as well as whether or not it was “worth it,” meaning if I was really hungry still or if it was actually what I wanted to eat. Totally different from my usual, day-to-day eating habits.

Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.

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