All eating in my house is taken place on a chair, sitting at the table or breakfast bench. Kids, adults and guests, there are no exceptions to the rule. Distractions are turned off and we enter ‘no bullshit’ zone. I am not a strict mum but I am strict about this. My babies are still experiencing new foods all the time and I want them to taste flavour, feel textures and smell the aromas. I am encouraging them to be mindful eaters (I also don’t want them wiping sticky, grubby fingers onto my King couch but that is a separate matter).
Mindful Eating is defined as:
- Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
- Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
- Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.
I was really disappointed to see an ad for Special K this morning which endorsed mindless, impulsive and thoughtless snacking. In one scene a hip young girl is pouring cereal from the box into her mouth as she watches TV. In another scene a stylish career woman scoffs down a cereal bar as she is rushing to get dressed. It really bothered me.
It seems that the way in which we consume food has never been more complex. It is so hard to get it right and it is hard not to be misguided by all of the noise around us. We eat too much, too little, too often, too fast. We eat with too much emotion and with not enough education.
My hope is for my kids to eat with appreciation and with the knowledge to make the right choices. I hope their relationship with food is simple and without guilt. I hope that health is important to them but does not define them to the point of obsession.
Bring it on Kellogg's.