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Pavel Somov Offers Tips on Eating in the Moment

How to Eat Mindfully

As someone who loves food but wants to eat healthy, I'm always looking for ways to savor the process of eating — from chewing my food more to making meals last at least 20 minutes. If you also like to think what you eat, then you'll appreciate this recent Huffington Post column in which Pavel Somov, author of Eating the Moment, offers some pointers on eating mindfully.

From the way you eat to the way your table looks, many factors affect how mindful you consume your food. So in the interest of not scarfing it all down, check out Somov's tips when you


When sitting down to a meal, suggests Somov, take a page from the feng shui philosophy to create a sense of calm. First thing's first, turn off the TV. Here's what he recommends:

  • Clear the table so it's free of reading material and other distractions. As Somov points out, "The less there is on the table not directly related to your eating, the more room there is for your mind to focus on the food."
  • To create even fewer distractions, create a place setting that uses minimalist tableware, possibly something Asian-inspired.
  • If you want to get really extreme, create a separate eating space in a spare room. With just a table and chair, try dining all alone with nothing else to focus on.

I am definitely guilty of reading while eating, but when I really take the time to focus on my food, I appreciate it more. How about you?


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