Mid-February can be an exciting time. Even though winter is in full swing, there are early signs of spring here and there. The days are getting noticeably longer, and the first crocuses will be pushing soon.
But, there’s all that chocolate. Valentine’s Day has hit and left behind in its wake a ton of the sweet stuff. Now what? As a mindful eater, how do you approach and deal with all that candy?
The CAMP System teaches us that we have to respect all foods, no matter what time. Candy has just as much right to be on our lists of foods we enjoy as anything else.
This candy---and especially this chocolate---however, is full of energy, and thus we need to be especially vigilant. That doesn’t mean we should deprive ourselves; only that we need to be extra wakeful in its presence.
Here are some mindful techniques for dealing with an abundance of chocolate.
Put the candy out of sight. Remind yourself that it’s there and will be there tomorrow. You don’t have to eat it all today.
Sit down before you read this one. Throw some of the candy away. It may seem wasteful, but the CAMP system teaches us that it’s better to throw food away than to eat more than we need. Quietly dispose of some of the chocolates; no one else need know about it.
Take some of the candy to work and share.
Whenever you eat the candy, set aside time for it. Don’t do other things while you eat it. Be fully in the moment as you enjoy the chocolate. Enjoy the anticipation of eating it, the odor, the color, the human effort, the sacrifice, etc.
Limit yourself to a small number of pieces at any one time. Try three pieces at first.
Then, don’t chew the chocolate. Put a piece in your mouth and let it melt. Make each piece last at least 90 seconds. If you take your time, you can enjoy your candy, get full satisfaction, and yet remain in control or your portions.