The Raisin

If you desire one of the items below, this technique will help.

  1. You want to lose weight.
  2. You want to feel happier and more peaceful.
  3. You want to decrease someone’s ability to press your buttons, i.e., you get less upset around a certain person no matter what they do.
  4. You want to win the lotto.

Okay, maybe it won’t help with one of these, but three out of four ain’t bad.

If you have any questions about the technique, post your question directly on the blog post or email me.

1. Place one raisin in your mouth.
If you prefer a different small and soft chewy food, use that.

2. Let it sit in your mouth for a few moments.
Notice the texture and flavor.

3. Then chew slowly.
Chew 20, 30, or even 40 times as you notice the texture and flavor.

Once you finish, you may practice with another raisin or just chew the single raisin.

Within one or two weeks of daily practice, you’ll cultivate benefits that go beyond weight loss. With practice, you may notice interesting positive coincidences or positive surprises. That’s very normal.

For even more benefit, gently introduce this mindful eating technique in small steps to your meals.

  • You could start by chewing the first bite of breakfast mindfully as you did the raisin.
  • On the second day’s breakfast, you could chew two bites mindfully before chewing normally.
  • And on the third day, chew three bites mindfully, etc.
  • Later you can accelerate the progress until you’re eating the entire breakfast in a mindful way.
  • And later you can apply this to all meals.

I recommend introducing mindful eating in a slow manner. Some people are too ambitious and try to change too quickly, and that can cause the subconscious mind to rebel. Since I’m sharing this technique to a general audience, I’ll give the blanket advice to go slowly and adjust carefully as you go.

Or as the Dalai Lama said when we split a slice of cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory last month, “Slow your roll, playa.” And yes I’m kidding. Those who know me know that I’m gluten free, so I can’t eat cheesecake. 🙂

One more thing: I’d recommend setting a recurring reminder on your phone before you do this exercise. That way you’ll be able to do it consistently without relying solely upon memory.

Note of caution: This has happened to a couple of clients after using mindful eating, so be aware. The client loses too much weight in a short time. When that happens, I ask the client’s subconscious mind to slow down the weight loss. So if this happens to you, call me. I’ll teach you how to handle this safely with a quick phone call at no charge.

Remember, “Slow your roll, playa.” Go slow at first until it feels right to accelerate progress.

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