We all know that it is very important to pay attention not only to what we eat but also to when and how we eat. Unfortunately, most of the time people eat the way they do everything else – in a hurry.
Have you noticed that you can tell a lot about the person by watching their eating habits? What about you? Do you eat fast or slow? What time is your last meal? Do you eat at midnight? Do you cook at home? Do you eat mindfully or while multitasking?
Based on your daily routine, you might have a stressful eating habit which is likely a result of stressful lifestyle, which can bring you nothing but illnesses. On the other hand, if your meals are usually peaceful and at the right time, you are almost certainly a happy and healthy person. Are you?
If you are under stress, and often angry and frustrated, do you thing you would have stress free meals? Of course not! But do you remember what your grandma used to say? Don’t eat and talk, don’t eat if you are angry or upset. Why? Because if you are anxious, frustrated, in a hurry and means under stress, your body’s respond will be focused on dealing with your stress overload not on food digestion.
As a result, you don’t assimilate food properly, don’t get nutrients you need, always feel hungry…. Sound familiar?
Let’s change that!
Here are some Do’s and Dont’s tips to slow down to enjoy your food for natural weight loss and as stress remedies:
- Don’t eat when you are in a rush, upset or irritated.
- Do: Drink a glass of water instead, calm down, take a walk and only then have your meal.
- Don’t eat if you are busy at your desk, while talking over the phone, watching TV, etc.
- Do: Get your work done first; eat in the kitchen not living room, cafeteria, outside in the park closer to nature.
- Don’t eat with your friends at the restaurant, coworkers in the cafeteria if you are struggling with weight gain.
- Do: Try to eat alone to control how much you eat, and not to be distracted so your food will be digested and you won’t feel hungry sooner than later.
- Don’t eat after 8 pm or later and of, course, avoid midnight snacks.
- Do: Try to adopt European style: the biggest meals are breakfast and lunch, not dinner.
Let us go back to basics and have meals during meal times, shall we?
Always breathe, smile and be happy.
© Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health Coach and Counselor