Why Mindful Eating Isn’t Enough

Before writing my book, when I was working through why I kept choking at lunches, I initially focused on how I was behaving in the moments immediately surrounding biting and being unable to swallow.

I began applying the principles of mindful eating, such as sitting down, not doing anything except eating, focusing on all the sensory aspects of the food, chewing thoroughly and noticing how my body reacted.

But then I started to notice that some of the food I had on my plate wasn’t as tasty as I originally assumed. And that I didn’t feel that great after eating certain things.

And when I pulled the thread about how and why the offending food was on my plate, I realized that what I was eating was the end of many decisions, over many days.

A lot happens in our minds before anything goes into our mouths.

I came to realize that there were planning, shopping, cooking and dining environment decisions that came before my eating experience. Many micro-moments of inquiry and decision shaped the outcome of my meal. Each phase had specific challenges and my choices impacted my connection to the food I was putting in my body.

So while mindful eating was a wonderful place to start, understanding and integrating mindfulness into the broader consumption journey is what made the real difference for me.

Perhaps it can make a difference for you as well.