The 4 tips below are a gathering of snippets of conversation with the Tornado. All ideas are hers. I’ve transcribed as stated except for her words PUKING SUCKS which I chose, repeatedly, not include…
donuts with a spoon?! intuitive.
Mindful eating changed my life.
Whatever you choose to call it—mindful? intuitive? theraputic?–it works for me.
I’ve chosen not to tell the Tornado about it.
For me mindful eating is the consummate practice what I long to preach and say nary a word.
All that said, this isn’t the Tornado’s first post about mindful eating.
I have, in fact, learned more from her about enjoying savoring slathering embracing food and eating for the event it should be than from anyone else.
She was intuitively a mindful eater when she was younger, but school and its planned out snack time etc. tempered that trait a bit.
I didn’t fret as I knew, with time, all would even out and she’d return to more intuitive living.
I just didn’t envision it all happening as it did.
We were talking a trip to Austin and I surprised her by stealing her Dad’s frequent flyer miles.
We flew first class.
We I grew excited for the comfy seats and failed to consider the fancy food fare which might not appeal to her.
No worries! I thought as a flight attendant detailed all the sauce-laden main course options. It’s not every day! Let’s just have desserts!
The Tornado thought this a grand adventure until she
puked the entire way to the hotel didn’t feel so well afterward.
And, as with the blessings of a shattered phone, this experience has been the greatest gift I never saw coming.
While she uses no specific word to describe how she’s returned to eating, even she has seen the difference in how she feels after resuming old habits.
I watched as it began as an outgrowth of fear (of throwing up again) and has shifted into an awareness of how she eats impacting how she feels in a positive way when she makes choices which work for her.
On that note, I give you her.
What you should think before you eat. By The Tornado
- Am I hungry? Don’t eat just because there is food there. Ask yourself if you want anything right now.
if you’re really hungry this tastes good!
- What do I want? Stop and think what am I hungry for? Sometimes I really want candy, but on the airplane I didn’t think about what I wanted and the desserts made me sick. Now I think about do I want food or junk before I eat.
making EGGSactly what she craved.
- Slow down. My mama always used to tell me eat slow. I used to H-word that (Carla aside: we don’t say HATE.) Now I get why she used to say that. Now I stop myself and BREATHE for a minute even if it’s my favorite food. I learned even what I really like can make me sick if I eat it really really fast. And I barely taste it then.
- Always stop before you’re stuffed. Sometimes I hold it in when I need to fart and it explodes out. Don’t do this with food. Stop when the ice cream still is good and your belly doesn’t feel like it will explode out. You can put it away and save it for later or your mom will buy more if it goes bad. Don’t eat it just because you have it.
eat until you’re almost too full, stop and save the rest!
(drops mic. or, more aptly put, hands the mic back to Mama)
How long will her intuitive eating last this time around?
I have no idea.
Will she be waaaaay into F.W.B. like her mama?
I have no idea.
Am I totally in awe with how she’s tapped into her body at such a young age?
I definitely wasn’t there at either eight OR eighteen.
- What mindful eating tidbits have you learned from littles in your life?
- Will you try any of the Tornado’s tips as you shift toward mindful eating? Im sure she’d love to know…