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Beck Diet Solution Day 5: Eat Slowly and Mindfully

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When I'm stressed, I eat faster and pay less attention.
Reading online news used to be a relaxing activity for me.
Now that news are mostly about COVID, they are a source of stress - and somehow I try to relieve that stress by eating quickly, despite knowing well that eating relieves stress ONLY if I eat slowly and mindfully.
So, desired stress reduction is not happening...
What do I do normally when I don't make progress?
Yes, I make an effort to do it FASTER.
And it is working in many areas of life.
It is not working with eating.
If I want less stress and more peace (and I do) then I need to abandon this knee-jerk reaction, and do the opposite: designate MORE time to eating, stay in the present, and focus on the physical sensations and comfort arising during the meal.
I recommit to eat slowly and mindfully. and pay full attention to every bite, at least for the duration of 3 breaths, aware of my intention to reduce stress.

(Note: we are on day 31 of the 42-day group reading of Beck Diet Solution in the Spark Team of the same name, but I needed to revisit Day 5)


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