This one is written more for me than anyone else. I eat like a 6 year old.

Peanut butter and jelly, corn dogs, nachos, fish sticks, chicken strips.

I’m not even kidding.

It is really odd how much of the food we eat isn’t actually food.

I had this realization when I was eating my 19th piece of fruit leather one day (which is healthy because it has the word fruit in it). I was reading the label and was shocked to see that there weren’t any words that I recognized. Not a single one. It was all chemicals and preservatives and possibly actual leather. I’m not sure.

So, Mindful Monday.

Take the time to cook yourself a meal today (or sometime this week if today just isn’t possible). Don’t have any music or the television on, just let yourself cook. Notice what is in the food you are making, think about where it came from. Be thankful for all the hands and feet that made it possible for you to even have it in your house.

Notice what it smells like while it cooks, watch the water boil, be mindful while you chop things up.

Whatever you decide to cook, just cook.

Allow yourself to be grateful to have food at all, and for the nourishment it will provide.

When you eat, just eat.

No television, no music. Sit outside if you can. Notice what your food tastes like. Be aware of the texture.

Take Gandhi’s advice: Drink your food and chew your water. Chew your food thoroughly, until it is almost liquid, hold the water in your mouth until it is warm. Let your meal be a meal and nothing else. Of course, share it with someone if you can.

Enjoy the day.