I’ve been trying mindful eating this week, which is much harder than it sounds. It’s one of those things that sounds really logical, so you over estimate how good you’ll be at it, and then you realize how woefully wrong you were. In short, mindful eating is all about slowing down and eating your food intentionally, and for that, I figured eating pho for my inaugural mindful meal was perfect. And it was! It’s been every other meal that’s been hard. Eating pho is all about waiting, albeit short bouts of waiting. There’s the wait between when you sit down and when the server asks if you’d like small, medium or large; followed by the wait for the bowl of steamy broth and noodle-y, beefy goodness to be placed in front of you; and, finally the short wait until the meat browns to your liking in the broth. At least I wait until it browns a bit to start eating, and I fill the time by filling my bowl with bean sprouts and sriracha. Then I squeeze in the wedge of lime, and then, I take my first slurp.
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