Most people recognize that the types of foods they consume impact their hunger/fullness signals, how their body feels, and their health.
What you might not recognize, however, is the impact of HOW you eat.
Consider the following:
- Do I rush out the door in the morning without breakfast?
- Do I eat in the car while driving?
- Do I have lunch at my desk while continuing to work?
- Am I often so ravenous by the time I eat that I scarf down my food quickly?
- Where do I eat my meals at home (table, couch, standing in the kitchen)?
- Am I paying attention to my food and my body's signals while I'm eating?
- How do I decide when to stop eating? Empty plate? Feeling stuffed?
- Do I truly taste and savor my food?
As you start to reflect on your eating patterns you may notice some themes. It's common for my clients to realize that they are often eating while distracted, overly hungry, not hungry at all, cleaning their plate, and not really enjoying the experience of eating.
If you find yourself in these patterns, consider slowing down. Simply by eating without distractions will make a big difference. This means no computer, phone, tablet, magazine, book, or work. Your focus is on the meal. Before you start eating take a deep breath and check in with your body. How hungry are you? While eating stay connected with your body and periodically check in for signs of fullness/satiety. Chances are that just by implementing these simple strategies you'll notice a big difference in the way you eat.