S l o o o o o w Eating Games

The audio walkthrough has some slow eating games (listed below). Follow along, choose whichever work for you - and ditch the others.


Always remember that slow eating is a practice, NOT a perfect

NB You will need a timer for games 4 & 5 (use the one on your phone)


If the player doesn't work, just copy and paste this webpage address into your browser:

http://www. theshiftinside.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SlowEatingGames.mp3


Games In This Walkthrough

  1. Deep breath before a mouthful
  2. Taste Detective
  3. Box Eating
  4. One Minute Mouthful
  5. Beat The Clock Backwards
  6. The Slo Mo Filmstar

Other Games


More or Less

Best for food you eat with a spoon. In this game, you vary the amount of food you eat in each mouthful.

Spoonful 1 = tiny (a quarter of a spoonful)
Spoonful 2 = twice the amount of #1
Spoonful 3 = twice spoonful #2 (whole spoonful)

...and repeat for the whole meal. Start with say just a couple minutes of this game at the start of a meal. See how it plays with your perceptions of how much a whole spoonful feels like! Like an optical illusion for the soul!

The Multitasker's Half an Hour

This is less of a game and more of a practice. If you liked the 1 Minute Mouthful, this may well appeal to you.

Everytime you eat, no matter if it a satsuma or a main course, you take half an hour to eat it.

You are allowed to do other things while you eat - just make sure that you take 30 minutes to clear your plate.

In practice, this is how I play this game: I will be deep in creating a podcast script or blog post and suddenly realise I am starving. I am loathe to stop working because the idea could slip away from me if I don't commit it to the page. So I take my food, place it next to the desk and set http://www.e.ggtimer.com/ 

(If I am not using the scree it is great to have the timer in large font on the screen!)

and possibly my A Forest https://www.forestapp.cc/en/   app if I don't need to use my phone.

As I start to eat, I divide the food on my plate into 2 mentally or by creating a dividing space with my fork down the middle of the plate. I know that I have to wait 15 mins before I can start the second half. If I eat too fast too early, I just set the plate aside out of reach until 15 mins has passed.

IMPORTANT: It is bad practice to eat all of your meals at work like this, but when needs must it is better than self sabotaging. And only YOU can decide if this game slows you down enough.

Secret Competition

Do this when you are eating with someone who naturally eats more slowly than you do.

Your aim is simple: finish your food after they finish theirs. You use them to pace yourself.

Do not tell them that this is what you are doing, or the whole thing could get a bit tense. It is quite fun to make it a secret competition!

Eating To The Point of Energy

This comes from Eastern philosophy. I learnt this during my eating psychology training, but it is hard to find any info on it online.

Eating to the point of energy is when you commit to eating until you are 80% full. The idea is that the extra 20% gives you extra energy.

Before I first tried this, I was flummoxed. How would I know when I was 80% full? But I had a go anyway. I set the intention to eat to 80% fullness then went into a sort of self observational mode.

That mode made me slow down naturally, without effort. At some point a kind of voice said that I had had enough. It was kind of amazing!

What I realised is that with this activity, you need to be in a relatively aware, present state of mind to begin with. So try this after meditating, during a day off.

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