In my family, we have a tradition.
That tradition is to say Grace before a meal.
Grace is a form of prayer. Typically, the person saying it will thank God for good fortune, send wishes to distant or deceased relatives, and ask for a blessing.
This ritual can be traced back through the centuries, and in fact, you find similar customs in various cultures and faiths all over the world.
Not sure how we humans first adopted it (in the Catholic faith, Jesus would have taught it to his disciples), but apart from demonstrating piety, saying Grace does another important job…
It prepares our bodies to receive nourishment.
The act of pausing, and conjuring feelings of gratitude enhances absorption of nutrients.
Too often in today’s world we eat on the run. It’s a constant battle against time of how many forkfuls you can inhale before your next meeting or appointment. Sometimes, we’re revved up about an earlier conversation or anxiously checking emails while we’re at it.
Eating too fast, or eating while stressed can HARM your digestion.
Go old school. Take a time-out to STOP and appreciate your food before you eat it. It doesn’t have to be religious in any way if that’s not your bag. Just count your blessings. Remember how lucky you are to have clean, safe food to eat.
Then, every few bites put your fork down for a minute.
It’ll remind you to slow down and stay in the present moment.
This one habit of being mindful while eating can transform your relationship to food.
It’ll boost your metabolism.
You’ll eat less.
And you’ll benefit more from the life-giving and energy-sustaining properties of your meal.
What more can I say? Oh yeah…