If you know me at all you know that I am not about depriving oneself of anything. I know for some who have embraced a different path however this time of year may be difficult; what with the items in the picture above being presented in abundance. I offer this suggestion on how to enjoy this treat at this time of year with the knowledge that you are doing a good thing.
This mindful eating exercise may be especially pleasing to some because it involves chocolate. If you have food issues there’s no need to fear; this exercise is waistline friendly as we only need one or two pieces of chocolate, or at best three.
In order to complete this exercise you will need one or two squares of chocolate, alternatively a couple of chocolates or a small chocolate bar cut in half. It’s Valentines weekend so I imagine that you may be able to find some quite easily.
Examine the chocolate be aware of the packaging and the smell that comes through the paper.
Feel the anticipation; open the bar or box and watch how the wrapper comes away, how it crinkles and crackles; then reveals the chocolate within. Notice how the chocolate looks, observe the texture, the aroma, any imperfections made in its manufacture.
Break up a square and breathe in the aroma. Look at it carefully, observe the sheen, the decoration on it, the way it has broken off from the bar. You don’t have to stare at it just look at it for what it is. How does it feel in your hand, smell it again; the sweetness
Take a bite or place the square in your mouth. Feel the sensation as your tongue savors the flavor of it. What can you taste? What is the texture like rolling around in your mouth? Pay close attention to the changing texture and taste. Notice how it starts to change from what was once a solid. Can you focus on all the characteristics until the chocolate has been eaten and all that remains is the lingering aftertaste? Did you enjoy it? Can you feel the flavor that’s left in your mouth?
Step two-the comparison step
Take the second piece of chocolate but eat it how you normally would. Which for most of us means to pop it in your mouth give it a couple of chews and then gulp. Did you experience any difference? Did it taste the same; worse or better?
Which one was better the first time or the second?
I’m willing to bet all my Valentine chocolate that the first experience was much more pleasurable and satisfying! You may have even been content with just the one taste. All your wants or cravings for chocolate may have been satisfied.
After number two you most likely felt like doing number one over again. Its ok you can it’s Valentines after all.