Ways to Incorporate Mindful Eating - CulinArt Group

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Ways to Incorporate Mindful Eating

Last week, we focused on what mindful eating is and this week we’re here to share some practical ways you can begin implementing this. Next time you visit a CulinArt cafe, grab your meal, find a seat and try out some of the tips below!

Slow down – sometimes we are constantly rushing from one thing to the next. Meal times should be when we take a breath and slow it all down. Even if you start with one meal a day, small steps lead to big changes. Try sitting down, noticing how you chew your food, and putting your fork down between bites, and see how it affects your meal.

No distractions – there is only so much time in the day to fit in everything we want to do. Multitasking could be beneficial in some cases, but when it comes to meal times, it may distract us from appreciating and tasting our foods. This may cause us to feel hungry and unsatisfied, despite just finishing a meal. Try to turn everything off during your meal and just pay attention to the food in front of you. Do you taste a difference?

Use all five senses – we all know what our food tastes like, right? But, have you ever really used all five senses when eating a meal? If we smell, look, taste, feel, and even hear how the food sounds when we chew, we can increase our appreciation for food and maybe enhance the flavor.

Acknowledge hunger and satiety cues – our bodies are smart and have set up cues that let us know when we are hungry and full. Sometimes, those cues can be overridden with external stimulus from the environment. Before eating, ask yourself some questions and assess how you feel. Try keeping a journal to start understanding eating patterns. This mindful practice will help reestablish your internal cues.

Make the commitment to practice mindful eating – mindful eating can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but as it is practiced, it does get easier and becomes more natural. Make the commitment to try some of these mindful techniques each day and see how you feel.

Mindful eating exercises – observe the appearance, texture, smell, and changes in your body as you observe your food. Place a small amount of food in your mouth, but don’t chew it yet! Wait about 30 seconds and then start chewing. How did that compare to how you typically eat? Did you notice any differences in the food you ate?

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  • May 28, 2018

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“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“Thank you for all the accommodations for food intolerances and allergies.  I continue to hear positive comments about the quality of the food and the options. Please pass along our thanks and gratitude to your whole team!!!!”

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“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

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“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

“Thank you so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

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