How to Be Mindful While Eating Chocolate

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Meditation for Real Life

“Mindful eating is eating with intention, attention and awareness. The purpose of eating chocolate is pleasure. So when you are eating what you love, give it your full attention and love what you eat.” — Dr. Michelle May, founder of AmIHungry, which teaches mindful eating.

As you select a piece of chocolate to enjoy, notice what flavors and textures you are craving.

Become aware of any feelings of guilt. Set guilt aside so you can be fully present.

Sit down to savor your choice without distractions.

As you unwrap the chocolate, listen to the sounds and notice the aroma.

Take a small bite, then pause. Become aware of the textures and flavors on your tongue.

As you begin to chew, notice how the flavors, textures and aromas change.

Notice pleasure.

When you have fully experienced your bite, swallow, then pause to notice how long the flavor lingers.

Slowly repeat until your treat is finished.