Who wants to eat less while feeling just as satisfied?
And who wants their food to taste better and be more satisfying?
Unless you are a masochist, my guess is you answered “Me!”
What if I could share a way for you to do this that did not require any cooking?
There is one simple, real, and freeing way to do this. Get ready . . .
Americans often approach eating like a visit to a gas station. You try to find the cheapest option, quickly refuel while multi-tasking (talking on the phone, checking your email, washing your windows), and zip away to your next task. The process fulfills its purpose (refueling), but does not provide enjoyment, pleasure, or satisfaction.
Think about your eating. Is itdone quickly, while watching television, while working at your desk, in the car, or while walking? Do you view eating as a quick refueling or task on your agenda?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you could use an eating makeover.
There is now a term when you consume food when it is not your primary focus. It is called “secondary eating” and Americans spend more time as Secondary Eaters than they do as Primary Eaters (i.e., less meals and more eating on the go or in front of the television). While we think we are gaining time andconvenience with secondary eating, we are actually losing.
When we eat without it being our primary focus:
• Our brains are less able to enjoy our food
• We lose the ability to fully taste and appreciate different flavors
• We have more difficulty telling when we are full
Truly I understand you lead busy and hectic lives. Being as efficient as possible is hardwired in many brains (especially mine).
But eating is not where our time saving should come from.
The average American spends 34 hours a week watching television. That’s just less than 5 hours a day. With the rise of mobile devices (hello iPhones and iPads), people are finding more time. In fact, five hours a day is the estimate. And somehow we don’t “have” time to eat or exercise.
Eating in front of the television or while working is tempting (even for me). But ask yourself, what can you gain by consciously eating?
You can more fully enjoy your meal, better understand when you are full, and likely eat less. All while feeling more satisfied. If I were selling a pill that did those things, I would be a millionaire.
Make eating a savor worthy experience.
To help combat the temptation of eating in front of the television, I offer you some suggestions.
1. Eat with others (family, friends, co-workers).
It’s more fun and the conversation will be stimulating. Plus studies show eating with others is linked to lower body weight.
2. Set the table.
Clear off your table if it has become your mail filing system, work space, or anything other than eating space. Put out your dinnerware and flatware.
3. Add some flowers.
Studies show food tastes better when there are flowers on the table. Plus, it makes eating feel special (as it should). Maybe even light a candle or two if you’re feeling crazy.
4. Enjoy each bite.
Chew your food and enjoy the texture, flavors, and smells you are experiencing.
5. Savor the moment.
Appreciate that you are exactly where you are meant to be, doing exactly what you were meant to do. Be present. Enjoy where you are.
From Information to Action
This post has been on my mind since the inception of A Better Way Wellness. With fall around the corner and holidays on the horizon, the time to share is right.
I challenge you, savor eating today.
Make your next meal a special and enjoyable experience. Savor and appreciate where you are.
In health & happiness,