Copyright © 2004 DayOne Publishing. All rights reserved.
Comments & Feedback for Tasting Deeply
Have you tried Tasting Deeply? Has it worked for you or helped you develop more mindfulness with your eating? Have you discovered something about it that you'd like to share? Let us know!
Balance and Harmony
The phrase "Tasting Deeply" has as many meanings as there are people who use it.
What would it mean if your were to "taste deeply" the very next bite of food you eat? How many bites in a row could you taste deeply?
Tasting deeply certainly involves full attention to your food. You would rivet all of your conscious effort to the bite, searching for all flavors, textures, aromas and tastes.
The mindful eater uses Tasting Deeply as a frequent strategy for staying in the moment with food. Try this type of bite and adapt it to your own definition of "Tasting Deeply."
To experience a "Tasting Deeply" bite:
- Choose the bite size carefully; make the bite smaller than usual.
- Before bite, smell the food and enjoy the aromas.
- Look at the food and notice colors, shapes and visual textures.
- During the bite, shut out other stimuli. If it helps, close your eyes. Concentrate on all the tastes and textures. As much as possible, engage all five senses. Enjoy every aspect of your food.
- Continue to chew until the food is completely smooth.
- Swallow and note the aftertastes.
Devote one bite per meal to this approach. Then, go to two bites for some meals, and then three. Build up to eating an entire meal of "Tasting Deeply."
I took an hour out to eat my lunch. No socializing, no talking, no distractions. It was a revelation. I saw what I was eating for the first time.
Yes, I have seen a carrot before, I have seen a strawberry. BUT
I haven't seen THIS ONE. It is special by the very nature that it is about to be eaten. I looked at it and smelt it and looked at it again. I began to find a pattern of response in my body by noticing that after a few smells I started to salivate. I have an actual cue from my body to help me know when it would like a bite.
I was also able to relish the flavor far more and many unexpected flavors crept in. I found the complexity of simple raw foods more than enough.
When I had a composite dish (e.g., a sauce) the flavor variety was overwhelming. Less is more.
I will continue to use the techniques on this web site aiming in particular to listen to my satiety signals to know when to stop.
Incidentally, I only managed a tiny part of my lunch and was full for hours.