Fully ripe, it has a little ‘give’ when I squeeze it. The juice flows out as I slice it open. The perfect peach. I have eaten many over my years. But today is different. Today I will attempt a feat I’ve seldom done. I will attempt to eat this perfect peach being fully here and now, with the peach, with my surrounding and with Jesus. My strategy: Eat slowly.
Sculpting Project #4 Slow Bites
Method 1: Each time we eat take three of the bites very slowly.
Notice the bites, notice yourself, notice your surroundings, notice God’s presence .
Method 2: Daily, eat one entire snack or meal slowly.
Give your full attention to the experience of eating and God’s presence.
God has built our bodies so that if we appreciate/ take pleasure in our food we actually get more out of it. Cephalic Phase Digestive Response is our experience of the taste, aroma, satisfaction, and over all pleasure of a meal.
When we eat with pleasure this response causes our bodies to get the most nutrition the food has to offer.
When we eat mindlessly we significantly diminish the assimilation of specific nutrients, and even calorie burning power.
When we eat with stress we create a digestive shutdown. A stressed body does not consider digestion a priority. When we are stressed enzymes in our saliva that breakdown food are reduced and blood flow to the small intestine is decreased by up to 4X. This creates poor assimilation of nutrients.
Slowing down, giving attention to our food in a spirit of gratitude will help our bodies benefit from our eating. It’s the way God built us.
Tip: I find it helpful to take a few deep breaths during a meal. It seems to signal me to relax and the extra oxygen is beneficial as well.
Summary: Slow Bites Sculpting Project
1. Eat slowly. 3 bites per meal or 1 meal/snack a day;
2. Paying attention to the food in the company of God.
3. Keep accountable: write down what you bite.
4. Communicate with others about your sculpting!
Whether, then, you eat or drink or what ever you do, do all to the Glory of God.