Day 8: Spend some time on your meals today
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Today’s task in the 31 Days to a Better Diet is about being more aware of what you’re eating. If you’re following this group of posts, they’re marked by the picture on the left.
Do you gulp down your food? Intent on the next thing, rather than the food itself?
It’s easy to do this. Our lives are busy; days are packed. But if you’re not thinking about what you’re eating how can you possibly be satisfied with your food?
A busy day means rushed eating
For many people, no matter how much they enjoy food, eating is something they fit in, between other things. You get up as late as possible, which means you’re running late for work. So breakfast is gobbled down, before running out the door. A full workload means you squeeze lunch in at your desk, while checking emails. Then when you get home you’re so tired and hungry, you make a meal quickly and hoover it down in front of the TV.
However if you gulp down your food, it barely registers that you’ve eaten. You’re more likely to over-eat and you’re less likely to be satisfied by the meal.
If this is sounding like your life, then today’s challenge in 31 Days to a Better Diet is for you.
Today I want you to spend a bit of time on your meals. No eating on the run, no gobbling food down.
Instead put your meal on a plate and get away from your computer or the TV. Sit down, use a knife and fork, chew your food. Take some time.
Eating at a leisurely pace enables you to be aware of your food. It not only makes the meal more enjoyable, but can also make the food more satisfying.