I think it’s a shame that our society encourages us to rush our meals. It almost feels like eating is an inconvenience to us sometimes. It’s important to enjoy mealtime, to savor what you’re tasting and ingesting, and to appreciate the company you keep or the ambiance you’ve created. There’s so much beauty and joy available to us in this world if we just take the time to really value and be grateful for what’s been given to us.
To control your weight, you need to stop eating on the go, pay more attention to what you’re eating, assess your hunger before you take that a bite, and spend at least 20 minutes eating your meal. This last part is vital, since it takes about 20 minutes for your fullness signals to trigger, alerting you to the fact that you’re no longer hungry and can stop before you overeat.
If you’re done before the 20 minutes is up, stop and wait before moving on with more food. You’re likely to find that you no longer feel the need to eat.
To Do Today:
- Take the necessary time it requires to really savor your meal today—at least 20 minutes.
- Appreciate each bite of food for the flavors and textures it has, be thankful for the food you have to eat, and encourage someone else to slow down, appreciate, and enjoy as well.