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I have been practicing basic breath meditation lately and I am getting better at it, and I think the benefits are starting to seep into my daily life a little bit. But there is (at least) one area where I exercise nearly total lack of mindfulness: eating.
As long as I can recall, I have scarfed down my meals like someone is going to take it away from me. And often I am surfing the web at the same time. I almost feel like I can't help it, which is terrible. I know I should slow down, but I can't. I gotta have that next mouthful! As a result, I often end up eating more food than I should.
Any suggestions on how to eat more mindfully? I've tried the "brute force" approach where you just force yourself to chew each mouthful 20 times or whatever, but that only lasts about a minute and I'm back to shoveling it in.
P.S.: It doesn't help that I come from a background that loves to mangia (Italian/American). Can you imagine yourself eating one grain of rice at a time mindfully at, say, a typical Neapolitan feast, surrounded by heaping servings of lasagne, ravioli, ham, cannolis etc and relatives egging you on?
"What are you, sick or something?" they may ask.
"No," you say, "I am practicing Buddhist mindfulness."
"You are practicing what?? Here, have some veal!"
"I am a vegetarian."
"Huh? Why?? Here, have a glass of wine!"
"Sorry, I am practicing the Fifth Precept."
"You are what?? Maybe you should see a doctor or something."