To have a mindful eating moment, first, empty your mind.  Make room for presence.  Prime your hunger for an experience.  And then fill up on the moment. 

Mindfulness is not fullness of mind, but emptiness of mind.  Let your mind be as empty as a soup bowl before you fill it up with soup.  Remember: mindful eating is eating with an empty mind.  

Re-mind yourself to start your meals with an empty mind-bowl.  Empty your mind before you fill your stomach.   Or, put differently, open your mind before you open your mouth.

Mindful Eating Tracker

adapted from Eating the Moment

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    Last reviewed: 9 Jul 2011

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2011). Empty Your Mind Before You Fill Your Stomach. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2014, from


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Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. is the author of The Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, The Smoke-Free Smoke Break, and Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time.

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