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In the midst of relaxed quarantine procedures, re-opening the economy, and the Black Lives Matter discussion on change, the light has been pulled away from what we were eating at home. That is why I am discussing it now. Discussing the battle in the trenches leads to a different conversation than post-war reflections. When you are in the throws of it, it is just something everyone relates to and no one see’s a problem with it. It’s either not a big deal or too big of a deal to tackle. But taking the time to reflect on it afterwards affords you the opportunity to take a less-involved look at it.
This is called the blind meal.
As you could have guessed you will be eating blindfolded so here are a couple of things to take into account before starting, how messy do you want it to be? Do I want to do this with kids or adults? What foods would be the easiest? Finger foods only or are utensils acceptable?
Recognize that you will need to take turns so that everyone can participate and you will want to make sure to have the food prepared that you want to use.
Provide a pen and pad of paper that each person participating can write on and let everyone see where the plates, utensils, pen and paper are.
During this next step you will eat the food and record your thoughts.
This is where the fun begins, place the blindfolds on those participating.
You can choose to write it down during or write about it afterward. Make sure that you take your time while eating and do not discuss it during the meal.
In your reflection, make sure to use descriptive words — crunchy, smooth, creamy, tangy, bitter, fluffy, heavy, off-putting, memorable, pungent, earthy, etc.
Consider having relaxing music on, or silence, to eliminate distractions.
Remember, do not eat too fast.
A big part of this is taking time to taste the food, explore it, and be present while eating.
You may want to consider using a timer that provides the amount of time you must spend eating if you think it would be helpful.
Try one food at a time.
Finally, take the blind fold off and look at the food you were eating. Review your comments with those you are doing this with.
You may have to trade off so that everyone has the chance to participate, but make sure to have different foods so that the individuals eating do not know what they will be consuming.
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