So how to start this, my first documentation of exploring the territories of loneeating. Where should I be starting this journey?
I guess starting at the beginning would be handy, so I’m thinking about breakfast today.
Everyone knows the sayings,
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”
“Eat breakfast like king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”
Do we actually give breakfast the attention it deserves though? Do I??
I like breakfast, I have it alone, in a comfy chair, overlooking a sealoch and the mountains across the water (I live in Scotland, it’s the best). And this meditative time is one of my favourite parts of the day, it’s become something of a valued ritual really.
I am interested in yoga, meditation and mindfulness. I think a lot of good would be done if people acted more mindfully in their day to day lives. And I really believe this also applies to eating, as a society we regularly eat too much, beyond what we need to survive, but rarely do we devote due attention to the process and experience of eating.
Watching TV, texting, reading, even chatting with other eaters all take our attention away from the eating experience, distracting us and disconnecting us from our body’s reaction to it.
When it comes to breakfast I try not to have any distractions like a computer or a book or even music. I want to focus on the experience, to use loneeating to reconnect my food, body and mind. Studies have shown that in conditions where meals were eaten with no distraction (for example a meal eaten watching TV vs. a meal with no TV), subjects ate less and reported feeling more satisfied with the meal.
This ties in really well with principles of mindfulness where you pay full attention to your experience in the present moment; so when you are eating mindfully, you are really focusing on the taste, smell, look, feel and sound of the food you are eating. Your brain is engaged in the present experience of your meal and you can better enjoy and respond to and act on your body’s nutritional needs.
It’s so different, tuning into your senses and truly relishing a loneeating experience. And for me, my morning breakfast isn’t just a refuelling session, my day is lifted by this moment of peace and reflection. My mind and body take a pause and a refresher and I’m in a clearer mindset to go on with the rest of the day.
How often do you eat alone without any external distraction at all? Do you think it's valuable cutting off from everything, even if just for 15 minutes? Do you think it will help you really, properly eat that breakfast banana and drink that cup of tea? Have you experienced it? Have your say in the comments section below.