DO YOU FIND EATING BORING?
Maybe this will sound like a silly question, but most people I know aren’t really paying attention while they are eating. They are usually doing something else. Many of these people wish they weighed less. Others are not fat but they are “diet thin.” We eat a lot less when we paid attention to our food. And enjoy it a lot more.
How do you eat when you are alone? Is eating breakfast by yourself so boring that you have to read the newspaper or read your email at the same time? Even if you are treating yourself to that delicious scone and latte that you love so much? Why aren’t you paying attention to it and really tasting it?
Do you prefer to multi-task by eating lunch at your desk? Do you always eat your snacks, dessert, or even dinner, in front of the television? While watching TV, do you really notice what you are putting in your mouth? Do you enjoy it? Do you grab handfuls of potato chips out of the bag and stuff them into your mouth without really tasting them or noticing how many you are eating? Is that bowl of ice cream gone before you know it, and because you weren’t paying attention, have gotten no satisfaction from it and now want to go back into the kitchen and get some cookies?
If eating is so boring, why spend so much time doing it?
There is the social thing about eating. We eat meals with friends or family members, but are often focusing on the conversation. We are distracted. But meals are social occasions and we like sharing food with others. How about taking a few seconds away from the conversation to pay attention to that bite of the delicious meal that costs so much in your favorite restaurant? I bet you would not only enjoy it more, but you would notice that you had enough before finding your plate empty and feeling like you were about to explode.
If you are going to eat, why not just eat? Really sit there with your food and enjoy every bite. Put those potato chips in a bowl and savor every one of them. When you get bored with the chips, stop eating them and do something else. Eat your lunch away from your desk so that you can have a well-deserved break. Notice how much your digestive system appreciates this.
If you find eating so boring that you have to multi-task when you eat, why not do something else? I promise that if you make it your practice to eat while doing nothing else (other than meals with family and friends), you will eat when you are hungry, you will enjoy your food more, and eat less of it. And when faced with the choice of eating (when you aren’t really hungry) or doing something else, you will sometimes choose to do something else!