Ever noticed how sometimes you get to 2 or 3pm and can’t remember if you’ve eaten anything that day? I do it all the time. Then I stand over the counter in my kitchen and eat all my kids’ sandwich leftovers, then a burrito for myself and top it off with whatever treat I can find hiding in my pantry.
Not only does this mean that I should really plan my meals better (and record them more often!) but, if I sit down with all the food I plan to eat right in front of me, I can eat slower, enjoy it more and feel fuller. The act of emptying your plate can really go far in signaling to your body that it’s time to stop eating (which is a good reason to eat on small plates!). Not to mention that you’ll feel rested and full after a meal instead of like a hyperactive squirrel looking for its next nut. 😉 I also tend to eat more healthfully when I sit down and make meal of it. After all, I can’t remember a time I sat down to a Snickers ice cream bar, a handful of chips and two beaters full of icing…but I know I’ve inhaled it guiltily in the corner of my kitchen before!
If you’ve been following along these past 10 weeks, then you’ve done some really hard things. Just sitting down to eat doesn’t seem like a big deal after all those other challenges. But if you’re in the habit of eating on the go, it can make a huge difference in your quest to eat more mindfully!
Let me know if this is usually a hard thing for you to do and how it goes!
If you’re ready for our LAST weekly challenge, you can find week 12 here!