We eat while we walk, drive, watch TV, are on our phones, while we ride the bus, when is the last time you remember just EATING? Distracted eating often means we are overeating. No attention is paid to how full you are, or if you are even enjoying what you’re shovelling in. I believe distracted eating and eating quickly are significant contributors to the obesity epidemic.
It’s interesting how our world’s obsession with efficiency has morphed into nearly all aspects of what we do.
- Instant oatmeal
- High speed internet
- 2 in 1 shampoos and conditioners
- 21 day diets (yikes)
Multitasking and a need for instant gratification has become a non-stop occurrence. So what I see is A LOT of distracted eating, and a A LOT of speed eaters.
What are we speeding and multitasking our lives away for? I would bet that if you continued to ask yourself this question, you’d eventually arrive at an answer like:
“So I have more time for the things I love”
“So I can finish the work I need doing and relax”
How often does this work for you? Busy-ness and obsession with speed are robbing us of a pleasure and satisfaction from food which we could receive each day.
I coach my clients to deploy patience, mindfulness and peace when eating in order to increase satisfaction from meals (read, you’ll be less likely to go for seconds). Consider the five senses: touch, hear, see, smell and taste. How many of these do you notice when eating? We should be taking these daily opportunities to celebrate food and eat with all five senses.
Note sure how?
Take a humble cheese board: fruit, crackers, different kinds of cheese.
- Notice how temperature of the food impacts the flavors, warm cheese offers more bouquets than cold. This is touch.
- Notice how the texture of the food lends itself to our experience. This is touch.
- Notice how the aroma of the cheese has your mouth producing saliva, you have an expectation for the taste. This is smell.
- Notice how hearing the crunch of crackers, you have an expectation of texture. This is sound.
- Notice how the grape is sweet and sour, and the flavour is almost like a floral melon. This is taste.
Eat your food using your five senses, enjoy each experience and you’ll be surprised how you can be satisfied with less food.