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!
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ErikaMay 24, 2016 at 10:50 am
This is another good weekend one to remember. During the week I’m pretty good about eating lunch and dinner sitting down. Breakfast is usually grabbed as I’m running out the door but at least if I’m stuck in my car, I’m not grazing 🙂 Lunch on the weekends is usually chaotic though and I do tend to grab something here and there till I’ve lost track of what I’ve eaten. This coming weekend, I’ll make an effort to be more intentional about sitting down and paying attention to lunch.
BonnieMay 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm
Well then, you do much better at this during the week than I do! On the weekend is when I have time to sit down an enjoy my meal…during the week I’m just shoving food in my face whenever I get the chance! Haha
ErikaMay 24, 2016 at 10:51 am
I can’t believe there’s only one week left! I’ve gotten a lot of good takeaways from your program and,even though I don’t think I’m going to make my 10 pound goal, I think I have made progress on being a healthier me.
BonnieMay 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm
I’m glad it’s helped you with healthier habits! I’m also not at my weight goal, but I do feel a lot stronger and am fitting into my clothes better so I’m thinking that the weight isn’t as important. Thanks for reading, Erika!
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