Do you enjoy your meals at the table? Or do you scarf them down standing by the kitchen counter or over the stove? Do you eat with your family most nights? Or is the norm for you to each grab whatever you can whenever you are home?
I know I’m not the first one to mention how important it is to eat together as a family regularly, but in addition to the often acknowledged benefits for your kids, there are strong health benefits for YOU too.
By sitting down to eat, you are automatically going to eat better. You’ll notice what’s on your plate – the colors, quantities and appearance. If you start to pay attention to this you can begin to make small changes – smaller quantities, a wider variety of colors, etc.
Challenge yourself to not just enjoy the company around you but to begin eating mindfully. Chew each bite completely (this will help with bloating and stomach issues), place your fork down between bites. Think about what you are eating and enjoy all the nuances and flavors.
Used to having the TV on while you eat? Turn it off. If you eat with the TV on, I guarantee you will eat more. Your body doesn’t realize it’s full when it’s distracted. And it’s easy to mindlessly shovel more food into your mouth when you aren’t paying attention to each bite.
Why should you make eating mindfully a practice? Because you deserve it! You deserve to enjoy your meals – after all eating is a part of everyday so why not make it enjoyable? Right? In addition to just because you’re worth it, simply taking these few practices of:
- No TV
- Putting your fork down between each bite
- Chewing your food completely
- Eating at the table using a plate and silverware (serve yourself from the kitchen)
Will help you lose weight, lose the bloating and feel better about yourself. Don’t believe me? Give it a try for a few weeks and see if this one practice doesn’t improve your health.
I’d love for you to experiment with this process and let me know how it goes. I know it seems hard at first, but the rewards are worth the effort.
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