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I’ll be dining alone, thank you.

March 18, 2010

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Dining can be a very social experience.  Gatherings with friends after work, family on the weekends, and coworkers at lunch are how many people spend mealtime.  We like to eat with others, whether the people are with us at the dinner table or on the television.  Many people do not dine alone, ever.  Many people would never go out to a restaurant alone.

However, eating alone can be a meditative experience that helps to control over-eating.  Martha Rose Shulman references “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,” by Lilian Cheung, a nutritionist at Harvard, and Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist teacher, in her New York Times article, that focuses on eating alone.   Eating alone allows you to contemplate and focus on your food.  You can count chews and be mindful of when you feel full.  When you cook for yourself you can practice mindfulness, which is something you need when using a knife!

Many people find that cooking for one can also be a challenge.  Obviously ordering take-out is much easier, but finding creative ways to stretch a meal or work with a recipe that feeds 4 is a great way to save money, skip unwanted calories and put meditative eating into practice.

Shulman will be hosting a series with recipes for one beginning with Pan-Seared Tuna with Asian Coleslaw.