Meditation Diet: Power of Self Talk
Take a moment to survey your body.
Allow your feeling of joy to increase, letting that warmth spread through your entire being.
Continue to be aware of your body, your mind, and your heart as these positive emotions grow.
Now that you realize that you are completely in the present – that there is no past, and there is no future – you want to picture your ideal present as though it has already happened. The way to do this is to picture your idealized self.
What are your eating habits? Once you’ve recognized those habits, act on them. If your ideal self – the self that has already accomplished the goal of achieving your ideal weight – eats eggs and orange juice for breakfast, eat eggs and orange juice for breakfast. If your ideal self eats pasta and broccoli for dinner, start eating pasta and broccoli for dinner.
Do this consistently. Every day, ask yourself: what does my ideal self eat for breakfast? For lunch? For dinner? Once you’ve established the answers to these questions, make the meal and eat it. Do this day after day after day. Eventually, you’ll find that eating healthy is the new norm, and eating unhealthy is actually harder to do than eating healthy.
Feel your abdomen relax as you take each new breath deep into the belly.
Eating is one way that human beings often choose to deal with stress. If something is “eating them,” they might react by gorging themselves on food. One way to counteract this is to conduct mindfulness meditation daily. By recognizing stress and choosing to let it pass, you are less likely to identify with it when its time for dinner.
You’ll also want to practice mindfulness eating. Mindfulness eating is the act of consciously slowing down the eating process. Instead of shoveling food into your mouth because it feels good, you’re instead intentionally meditating on each bite.
When you eat, engage all five of your senses. How does the food smell? How does it sound while it’s cooking? How does it feel on your tongue? How does it look? And of course, how does it taste? Take the time to chew food thoroughly. The food should almost slide down your throat with little conscious intention. This happens once you’ve chewed it enough. It feels unusual the first few times. Instead of swallowing, the food will “seep” naturally down your throat. Chewing thoroughly will also assist in digestive functions, and it will help your body communicate to you exactly what it needs.
Intention is the key to everything. Make enough food so you know your hunger will be sated at the end of the meal. However, when serving yourself, serve moderate portions. This communicates to your subconscious mind that you intend to eat a reasonable amount. You can always go back for more. This is far better than piling food on your plate, which communicates to your subconscious mind, “I intend to eat way too much.” Tell your subconscious mind your intentions and your subconscious mind will make it so.