Monday, June 05, 2017
Mindfulness is defined as "the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something"
This is difficult for me as I tend to be working at my desk between bites of my lunch. I have cultivated this habit over the course of 40 years sitting behind a desk. I cannot say how difficult it is to break the habit, because I am still struggling with this issue. I have found that if I eat something like an orange, I can be more mindful. I spray juice everywhere as I am peeling the orange. The juices drip down my chin with every bite. My fingers are all sticky and I know to be careful not to touch anything. I enjoy the sweet taste of naval oranges. I have put a placemat on my desk, so when I eat lunch, it feels like mealtime. I stopped using plastic utensils, so lunch feels more special. I make myself turn away from the computer monitor. But the computer monitor is like a magnet and I find myself turning to the monitor and reaching for the keyboard. I tell myself I am going to just make one entry and stop. But, I don't. I go back to work and begin the process of eating bites of food in between data entry.
I plan my lunch break for 12:30 PM and it is now 1:30. I keep telling myself that I'll heat my lunch up in a minute. The minute has now turned into an hour and still I haven't heated my lunch. I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I know that my blood sugar is beginning to drop. When it gets too low, I am forced to heat up my lunch and eat. Then I feel like I cannot eat enough. I have trouble sticking to the healthy lunch I had planned. I look for candy. Then I have caused my blood sugar levels to sky rocket. My diabetes specialist has told me to practice mindfulness. She explained to me that I need to be aware (mindful) of the time so that I eat on time. This will allow me to stay on the program and not overeat to compensate for low blood sugar levels. What an eye opener that conversation was!
I have now learned that not only do I need to pay attention to what I am eating, but I need to eat on time. Yikes! I have the need to practice mindfulness in more that one way. I am going to have to set a reminder on my phone to get up and heat up my lunch on time. I will work on mindfulness, because it is a behavior that will help me reach my healthy goals. I have to turn that behavior into a habit. I have set as my goal for this week, to practice mindfulness. As the saying goes, "Challenge accepted!"