“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – F. Bueller
Let’s face it, we’re all in a hurry, rushing from here to there, trying to squeeze more than 24 hours into each day, surrounding ourselves with gizmos, gadgets, plans, and books that promise to improve our “efficiency” (ie: spin more, and drop less).
How many breakfasts, gobbled in rush-hour traffic? Never mind what we’re eating, just try not to spill it on ourselves! How many lunches snorked down at our desk, never glancing away from our monitor?
How many dinner’s from the drive thru, or delivered from the local pizza shop, because we’re just always in a hurry?
I’m not going to go into a list of solutions to these issues (because, if you’re on our webpage, you already know our answer to THAT) but let’s look at three seriously good reasons why we should consider slowing down to smell the dinner…
Oh boy…everybody wants to tell you how to drop some pounds, right?
Everyone’s got a secret plan that let’s you “eat whatever you want” and lose weight (just spend $19.95 on their new book, and they’ll give you the secret).
Here’s a simple one that won’t cost you a penny. SLOW DOWN! It’s not a race to chew our way to the finish line! The communication lines from the stomach takes 20 minutes to signal your brain that it’s full. I don’t know about you, but I can stuff down a lot of pizza in 20 minutes!
Ever wonder by you can be hungry one minutes and stuffed to the gills the next? It’s because your stomach finally sent that email to your brain saying, “Good Lord, STOP!”
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A number of studies confirm that just by eating slower, we consume fewer calories; some say enough to lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different!
- Pick up your fork
- Take a reasonable bite
- Put your fork down
- Chew your food
- Ask someone at the table how their day was.
It’s simple math…if you take two bites per minute, instead of four bites per minute…you’ve cut you calories in half when the buzzer rings at twenty minutes!
Obviously, the better (healthier) the food you’re putting in, the better your results are going to be, as well.
Anything that allows you to slow down and focus on one thing (especially something enjoyable), is going to lower your stress level.
As we mentioned before, breakfast and dinner are a great time to talk with your family, plan or look back on your day, or just enjoy the act of eating. Be present, be in the moment…
- What do you like about the food?
- What might you try differently next time?
- What, if any, memories to certain ingredients invoke?
Learning how to calmly focus on nothing but the present moment is a key factor in reducing stress, and what other activity do we have, daily, that so easily lends itself to doing so?
Stop paying someone else to look out for your best interests, because most of them aren’t. Fast Food, and Processed/Packaged Food Companies are not interested in your health and well-being, they’re interested in keeping their shareholders happy.
That means getting you to pay as much as possible for something they spent as little as possible to provide. Is that really the philosophy you want your family’s health and nutrition based in?
It’s time we stop trading this so called “convenience” for our health, and took responsibility for ourselves again.
Cook your own food. Make time to eat. Savor the food you’re putting in your body. Decide that your meals are going to be a time to relax and connect. Enjoy your meals and those you share them with.