Mindless eating is a serious problem in our society today.
Our society supports a go-go mentality, full of multitasking. Eating food is an essential part of our lives, and many of us takes seconds to do it... mindlessly.
You are busy so you didn't have time to plan a meal, let alone cook it. You have exactly 7 minutes to drive somewhere, pick something up, and shove it down somehow. All in 7 minutes.
I get it!
I fall prey of that scenario, too.
This is not a feel-guilty blog. Its purpose is to bring you awareness.
There are a few ways we can become more conscious eaters. No, I'm not going to say take 3 hours of your Sunday to plan and cook your week's meals (though if that is something you are ready, willing and able to do, I strongly encourage you to do it). And no, I'm not gonna ask you to throw everything away in your kitchen and shop only at your local farmer's market (though, if that's your thing, more power to you). What I will do is present you 4 simple things you can do TODAY, right on your next meal.
Minimal changes on your part, which can result in big changes for you.
Read the options below and pick which one you think you could do today.
On your next meal, can you:
•eat somewhere with no distractions like your phone, the TV, work, or driving?
•treat it like wine tasting? Taste your food as you would taste wine in the finest winery you know.
•do something between bites? (No, not your phone or TV- they are distractions). Can you maybe set your utensils down between bites? Take a deep breath between bites? Focus on table conversation?
•if in a group setting, pace yourself to the slowest eater? Find the slowest eater in the group and match their speed.
These are very simple ways to SLOW DOOOOOWWWWNNNNN and actually notice what you are eating, allowing your body time to tell you if it's full or not, and just giving you time to enjoy it!
If you are interested in this subject and would like a good read on it, here are some recommendations:
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
Slim By Design by Brian Wansink
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
SLOW DOWN and SMELL THE FOOD.
Life is short. Your meals shouldn't have to be! :)