Day 36-Taking Time with your meals
Sunday, April 13, 2014
We already addressed tiny bites..chew & savor..now the idea is to eat more slowly.
I think I mentioned the idea of putting your fork down between bites..it is amazing how much time that ads to what I refer to as "table time".
Going hand in hand with the fullness scale & the eating pause..slide into your thoughts to eat more slowly. Do you finish before everyone else? There's a clue you are eating too fast.
I think Mom's have this issue more than any other group. You come to the table late often ..making sure everyone else has a plate & is served. The you gulp your food down in order to clear..clean..serve dessert or go on to whatever other chores you need to finish in order to call it a day. At least that is kinda how it went at my house for a time. Then the kids got big enough to clear the table..do the dishes ..& so on..but the habit of dashing my food in..well that was set .
Now it is time to break that habit & establish new healthier ones. Indeed it is much more healthy to eat your food slowly. Gives the tummy & digestive juices time to work & do their job instead of being overloaded by a huge dump of food in a clump! It also gives you time to realize how your tummy feels..& I am becoming more certain that the idea of stopping when you are only 80% full is the wisest one.
If when you pause you feel comfortable then stop. If later you feel you need more food..is it hunger or boredom . If hunger then it is time for one of those snacks you have planned into your food plan for the day!
It should take 20 minutes or more to consume a meal. The suggestion here is to set a timer for 20 minutes to see how long it takes you for a meal..then try to slow down to the point that the timer goes off before you finish your meal. Another suggestion was to have others in your house try to take longer at mealtimes as well , gather them into your 20 minute time test & see how it goes. Between tiny bites...putting your fork down ..& being thoughtful of how your tummy is feeling..I bet you can stretch meals to 20 minutes easy. Of course all of us have those eat & run meals..but try to keep them to a minimum!
So that's it for today..we have snow..I have to say it makes me sad as my crabapple trees were in full abundant bloom & I am sure all the buds will be lost. But it is moisture & we need that..so find something to be greatful for in all thing...I am trying!!