|What was I doing? Oh yeah, eating.|
What's the punchline? Don't just scarf down your food, chief. Actually paying attention to the process of being hungry, choosing foods, and eating foods, makes it more likely that we will eat the way we want to eat. Let me be clear, though: the point of this post isn't to push a particular diet or promote some nutritional dogma. How you eat is up to you. However, if you've been meaning to change your dietary habits and been unsuccessful, simply paying attention to what you eat seems to be an important thing. OMG!
Task: Pay attention to your dietary behavior.
Info: An emphasized feature of a "mindfulness" approach to behavior modification is remaining non-judgmental. In other words, don't get all negative today while you're eating. Show self-empathy. Remain calm and simply observe your own behavior like a scientist might. The point of today is to not criticize ourselves for poor eating, but to become aware of our eating behavior. Later, if you decide to change your eating in some way, you'll be more informed about what might work for you.
Also, to incorporate yesterday's Daily Mind Game, make a note of the physical sensations of hunger. Calmly, feel hunger and observe the sensation as part of today's challenge.
Goal: Get a general sense of what, when, how, and why you eat.