Très, Très, Très: Savor!

14 Jun

I’ve been dragging my feet on this, the final entry for Savor (intro and initial entries as linked).

The next time you eat think about the food in its entirety. Where did it originate? What was the travel required to get it to you? How does the first bite taste? The next? Is it sweet, savory, crunchy, chewy…?

The example used in the book for a food meditation is an apple, but any food works. The more complex the food, the slower you may go in eating and meditating.

Part I provided the foundation for the meditation aspects. Parts II and III provide more of the plan and a global perspective on eating and mindfulness, respectively.

Part II gives Dr. Lilian Cheung the chance to shine, providing practical nutrition advice based in science behind Savor. If you’re unaware… weight loss is primarily achieved through die (love you exercise, but you don’t help as much as diet with weight loss). Calories in, types of food are important to keep weight down and health high. This may be a no-brainer to most, but evidently isn’t something we’re following with the current number of people overweight in our country.

She additionally provides simple explanations that defy the not-so-intuitive food pyramid. Think about a pyramid – our focus and attention immediately goes to the top – where we place fats, oils and sugars at the top. Invert the pyramid? Perhaps a start for change. Can’t say I love the newest iteration, either. I think it’s even more confusing … but I digress.

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life from Harvard SPH on Vimeo.
Science + Mindful Eater Meditations (beautifully written in their explanations… please read the book for more!). To recap Dr. Cheung:

  1. Honor the food.
  2. Engage all six senses (sixth = you’re mind’s response).
  3. Serve modest portions.
  4. Savor small bites. Chew thoroughly.
  5. Eat slowly to avoid overeating (extending point #4).
  6. Don’t skip meals (AHHH-greed!).
  7. Eat a plant-based diet, for your health and for the planet. 

Point #7 doesn’t mean go full vegetarian, but consider the energy it requires for growing animals for our consumption purposes. This is an excellent base for Part III, which asks you to consider how your individual choices impact our global health. We’re all interconnected in this world (like it or not) and our health and wellness impacts one another and future generations. So let’s all support each other in our endeavors to be well (big hippie-circle hug!). 

I wish I could write all of the wonderful information provided – I’m sure it will come up in other posts, but this is simply a “teaser” to get you thinking about the mindfulness and science behind our health-related behaviors. If you need a copy of Savor, I’m happy to ship you mine (as long as I get it back within the year!)!

Buy on Amazon! 4.5/5 stars!

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