Last week, I wrote about how I am hoping to make (and document) little steps towards healthy in my life. My plan from last week about making a little step by eating less nuts has been playing out much like I anticipated: I have been eating different snacks and getting a little more variety into my eats just like I thought I would. All in all, it’s been good. I’ve enjoyed the peanut/almond butter I did have this past week a little more since it wasn’t popping up in every other meal. Win!
This week, choosing what to work on was easy. I was feeling maximum stressed for no apparent reason yesterday, so after aggressively cleaning my whole house, trying to burn off all my nervous energy, and giving myself permission to be okay with not having my term papers done (they’re not even due in draft form yet…I need to chill), I sat down to dinner and left my phone and computer and iPad and magazines and books and papers in the other room. If you’re picturing me hauling all these things to the kitchen table for breakfast on a daily basis, know that I exaggerated…but only a bit. I almost always have my computer with me or something else to keep me distracted when I go to eat. If I’m at school, I’m “working” on my computer. Even if I am having a snack after a workout or something, I’m usually snarfing it while I’m walking, answering texts, and rushing off to the next thing.
Not ideal, right? Oftentimes, especially in the snacking situation, I don’t feel like I’ve eaten anything. I also sometimes realize that I’m not really chewing – especially if I’m watching a really interesting video or something.
While I don’t think we can escape sometimes needing to eat on the go—there will always be busy days and meals on the run, and that’s okay—I don’t think I’m busy enough to warrant not giving myself a break to eat a couple of times a day. On a regular basis, I don’t think I want the habit of distracting myself from my food any more. Geneen Roth’s eating guidelines come to mind again (I know I’ve shared them many times):
So, what am I hoping for? Well…not distracting myself while I’m eating will hopefully help me enjoy the food I’m eating, feel more relaxed at the end of my meals and at the end of the day, and to send a message to myself that my life isn’t so busy and the things I’m stressed over aren’t so important that I can’t give myself a break to enjoy my food.
Do you entertain yourself while you eat?
Have you tried eating without distractions intentionally? What’d you learn?