A Mindful Eating Practice

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Mindful eating is about giving thanks for the food in front of you, feeling connected to all of the people who played a part in getting that food to you, smelling it, feeling its texture as you cut in on your plate, fully chewing it … you get the idea. It’s hard to get through the process without woofing it all down, well, like a dog.

If only there was a human food bowl like the Kygen Slo-BowlTM Slow Feeders. I don’t do many product reviews, and I don’t know if Kygen would appreciate me writing about them or not, but I wanted to feature them anyway. Bloat is a big concern in our family, and Kygen has created an affordable, safe product that does just what we need.

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Roxy is a notorious canine vacuum cleaner at mealtimes. I’m pretty sure three inhales and her cup of food is gone. A while ago, I tried a food bowl designed to slow down fast eaters by dividing food into four sections.

So it took her four breathes.

A few months ago, I came across these little gems in a local mom-and-pop pet store (I love supporting small businesses). We bought the Flower and Hills models. They’re free of BPA, PVC, and phthalate, and while I don’t exactly know what all of those are, I know it’s good they’re gone.

The bowls are also top rack dishwasher safe, although, unless you have an industrial-sized dishwasher with enough space for 2 large dog bowls and your family’s dishes, you’ll be washing these by hand every day.  Because even though there’s definitely no more inhaling food, there is tons of drooly, frothy mess from all of the work R&R have to do to get to their food. Whether chasing kibble through the maze of the Flower or down the ridges and valleys of the Hills model, R&R are definitely mindful about their food now.

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Alas, I don’t think I’ll be eating my oatmeal out of them any time soon, however. So I guess I still have to be disciplined enough to slow myself down.

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About Christie Green

A student of martial arts since 1995, a writer since 1999, and an animal-lover for all of time
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5 Responses to A Mindful Eating Practice

  1. Kelley says:

    I LOVE Kyjen products. I have several of their puzzle toys. I haven’t seen the food bowls. I’m definitely going to keep my eye opens though. Thanks.

  2. Found you on BlogPaws! Wanted to come by and introduce myself! I’m Ruckus the American Eskimo. Come say hi!

    I recognize that Green Hills. Will definitely have to review it soon. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I love these bowls! I have the flower and the spiral and the girls eat their dinners out of them every night! Ruby is not a fast eater, but she is a picky eater who likes her meals to be more interactive, and she has a lot more interest in her food when she has to work a little bit for it.

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