As we come out of the busy holiday season it can be a good time to slow down and bring attention and awareness back to our food and eating. There are several ways to bring mindfulness to the eating experience, including the One Minute Taste Test and sensory evaluation.
For a quick and fun way to reconnect to the eating experience, try the One Minute Taste Test by following the steps below.
Looking for something more structured or systematic? The simple form below (under Sensory Evaluation Experiment Example) can be used to support a more in-depth evaluation of the eating experience. **Please note that this experience can be triggering or uncomfortable for individuals who struggle with judgments about food and eating. It would be best to consult with your individual support professional prior to attempting.
Name of the food or dish:
What do you observe in terms of the…
What was the reason that you stopped eating this when you did?
What physical sensation(s) are you aware of currently?
What is your physical state after eating this dish or food?
What is your emotional state after eating this dish or food?
By using either of the above experiential exercises, you bring awareness to your eating and your experience of the food and eating process. By utilizing these exercises, you can bring a fuller experience to eating and nourish all of your senses.
Hilmar Wagner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Dietitian (CD) in the state of Washington. Hilmar joined the Emily Program in 2006, and currently serves as the Training Coordinator for Nutrition Services and Clinical Outreach Specialist. In this role he initiates and coordinates training of new dietetic staff, dietetic interns and continuing education for nutrition services for all Emily Program locations. He has presented on a wide range of nutrition topics at local, regional and national conferences. Hilmar received his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 12 years. Hilmar has extensive experience working with clients of all eating disorder diagnoses in both individual and group settings. He has a particular interest in mindfulness and body-centered approaches to eating disorder recovery.
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