You run into the kitchen or stop by the drive-thru – grab whatever you can find that’s portable and quick – gobble it down standing at the sink or in the car between tasks.
I talk in my book, Today’s the Day, about the importance of slowing down and eating mindfully. You don’t have to set the table with cloth napkins, candles and flowers (although you certainly can!), but it is more important than you may think to actually sit down and eat your meal slowly and mindfully. There is a HUGE difference between just filling your belly and actually fueling and nourishing your body. A donut and can of soda will fill your belly (in more ways than one) but there’s no nourishment and it isn’t good fuel. You can grab it and go but you’ll be crashing before long.
Besides choosing real foods, the way you choose to eat your meal can make a big difference in your overall health. More than you may even realize! Eating too fast can block the hormone that makes you feel full and satisfied. Not only is that fast food bad for weight gain – eating it on the run doubles the negative effect.
I know many people just gobble a sandwich at their desk while answering phones, etc. If at all possible, try not to do this – even if you just go sit outside or in the lunchroom for 15 minutes while you eat. It will boost your energy levels, promote clear thinking, help you avoid fatigue, and improve your mood.
The other thing I feel is overlooked that sets the mood is to offer thanks for your meal. You will find as you do that you begin to relax and savor your food rather than barreling through it.
So, do you eat mindfully to fuel and nourish yourself, or just fill your belly?