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In my last blog post I talked about the process of learning to love wine and food. Now, some specifics based on my approach to mindful eating:

SERVE

Wine Tasting: Pour your wine in a clear, stemmed glass, filling it only halfway or less so there’s room to swirl.

Mindful Eating: Serve your food on a plate rather than eating it out of cartons, bags, or other containers that are destined for the dump or that prevent you from fully seeing what you‘re putting in your mouth. And if you’ve got so much food that you can't even see the plate, you’ve probably got more than you actually need.

SEE and SNIFF

Wine Tasting: Notice the color and viscosity of the wine. Swirl it gently in the glass. Put your nose in and sniff deeply to appreciate the aromas that hint about the terroir (the climate, soil type, drainage, wind direction, humidity and other factors in a particular vineyard) and the winemaking process used.

Mindful Eating: Notice the colors, textures, and aromas of your food. Take a moment to consider and express gratitude for the food on your plate and everything and everyone that contributed to getting it there to nourish you - from the sun, the soil, the water, the farmer or rancher, the truck driver, the clerk, the chef...

SENSE

Wine Tasting:  Sip a small mouthful of wine. Swish the wine over your tongue and open your mouth slightly as you inhale, bringing the aromas into the back of your nose.

Mindful Eating: Put a small amount of food in your mouth and set your fork down so you can focus on the bite that is in your mouth rather than the next one. Chew your food thoroughly as you breathe to bring the flavors up to the back of your nose where much of the “taste” of food actually comes from.

SAVOR

Wine Tasting: Mentally describe the flavors, identifying subtleties, similarities to other familiar flavors, and noting how the wine complements or detracts from any food you‘re eating.  

Mindful Eating: Be aware of the flavors, textures, and temperatures of your food. See if you can identify the ingredients and notice how they layer to create new flavors.

SPIT (or SMALL BITES)

Wine Tasting: Spit out the wine if you'll be tasting several wines in a row so you don’t dull your senses or cross that invisible line between enjoyment and intoxication.

Mindful Eating: DON‘T spit out the food! Instead, take small servings and small bites so you can pace yourself. This will help you keep from crossing that invisible live between enjoyment and misery.

Like tasting wine, the basic tenets of mindful eating are to eat with attention and intention: attention to the experience and the intention of enjoyment without having to pay the price of excess. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the [Link Removed] is really about enjoying food more – not less.

Now, that is something to toast!


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