Often our eating habits and attitudes to food are developed and ingrained in us as children.
Focus on the textures of your food. Is it crispy, juicy, tender, creamy, or crunchy? Ask your children what textures they notice.
Be aware of your breathing. Breathe deeply and slowly from your belly.
Pause a few times during the meal and put your cutlery down. If you are typically in a rush, you may find this a challenge. I invite you to persevere. You can adopt a new habit!
Encourage your children to rest their cutlery and breathe between mouthfuls.
Aim for the whole experience to be relaxing and nourishing.
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