Mindful Eating As A Spiritual Practice

Here are some suggestions for cultivating more mindful reverence in our relationship with food:

  1. Know exactly where your food comes from. Read labels, ask questions, and research sources for whole, organic foods in your region.
  2. Consider becoming a community supported agriculture (CSA) member which allows you to buy directly from the farmer or grower.
  3. Give thanks when you shop—thank the food you purchase, thank market staff, and give thanks that you can afford to shop.
  4. Commit to purchasing 10% or more of food that is grown locally.
  5. Mindfully plan your meals. Perhaps it won’t be possible for you to eat at home today or tomorrow or the next day because you are traveling or because of time constraints. Plan a strategy for eating in places where nourishing food is served or plan to bring healthy snacks with you.
  6. Take a moment or two to stop before eating and give thanks for your food. Remember to thank the people who grew, harvested, transported, and distributed your food. Thank plants and animals for their lives and the sacrifice they made with their lives so that you can be fed.
  7. Regularly enjoy food with family and friends. Cook and eat meals together. Share the sacrament of food with each other in potlucks or other gatherings.
  8. Occasionally share extra food or leftovers with neighbors or people who are not in your family or circle of friends. In a world of skyrocketing food prices and climate change, food “security” may become increasingly “insecure,” and sharing food with others communicates a subtle message that you are concerned about their well being in hard times. Reaching out in this way encourages reciprocity around food so that when someone has little or no food, others are more motivated to share. 

More via Local Food Shift (Colorado) magazine

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