Mindful Eating

Temple Fit Radio Episode #27: Airdate 2/26/14

“Minding the Temple:
Mindful Eating”

The nutritional concept of mindful eating is to eat consciously.  I like how a New York Times article puts it, “Mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving up anything at all. It’s about experiencing food more intensely…This is the anti-diet.” The goal is to be aware of what you eat, tasting every flavor. Be aware of when you eat, are you really hungry, or just bored?  And to be aware of how you eat, slowing down enough to savor your food.
If this is what mindful eating means for the average person, then mindful eating for a person of faith should mean so much more.  Why? Because I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.This is the Lord’s command to us to eat mindfully.

Mindful eating for people of faith is first having the mind to eat.  We get so consumed with our daily activities and church duties that we do not pause to take care of the temple. Skipping meals does not glorify God. The cranky spirit, irritability, lack of focus, short-temper, complaining like an Israelite and every other rise of the Flesh that comes with the lack of eating can be tempered simply by having the mind to eat.  If you are not fasting by assignment from God, you should be eating. He has given us food for sustenance.  He knows we are mortal beings that rely on what we eat to energize our cells and our bodies to function. He cannot use your temple if it is out of order.

Mindful eating is having the mind to plan ahead.  It is knowing Bible study is Wednesday night and preparing enough food to have something nutritious to eat beforehand. A hungry mind is a distraction to a hungry spirit. If you walk in there craving anything but the Word, you put yourself at risk of not getting fed.

Mindful eating is allowing your mind to catch up with your stomach.  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
àRead full article as featured in the Tallahassee Democrat    

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