The energy we infuse our food with is the energy that fuels our body. If we are hurried and rushed while we are cooking, our digestion will be impacted. Preparing your food mindfully means learning to enjoy the process from beginning to end. Try some of the following methods to introduce pleasure into your daily diet:
Buy Local, Fresh Food
When shopping, try to choose organic foods whenever possible. Consider what grows from the earth and what will nourish your body. Ideally we would buy fresh food each day to be cooked that night. If lifestyle permits buy from your local farmers market or buy local produce.
Set the scene for pleasurable eating
So often we eat on the fly, talking on the phone, watching tv, completely distracted. Consider a different experience: set the table for yourself, put on some calming music and light some candles. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, treat yourself like royalty and take some time to nourish and relax.
Bless your meal
At thanksgiving people often say grace but it is not a common practice in many homes. Taking some time to be grateful for the food on your plate and blessings in your life infuse you with the feelings of love and appreciation, invoking the pleasure feeling. Silent or out loud, a blessing can set the tone for a delicious meal.
Taste each bite!
Now that you are all set to enjoy your meal. Take the time to taste the food. Some recommend up to 30 bites per chew, putting your fork down in between. By liquefying the food in your mouth, the digestion process is improved drastically and no water is needed to wash down the food.