We are not only ‘what’ we eat, but ‘how’ we eat. Have you ever attended an event where food was served yet you didn’t remember what you ate afterwards?
We’ve all been there.
It’s super easy to get distracted during a meal. Things like talking on the phone while trying to get through lunch. Or being so caught up in responding to email that you don’t even notice what’s on your plate. Or being so determined to get your point of view across to someone that you are simply pushing down unchewed chunks of food as fast as possible.
And even though you might not see any harm in eating like this, I can assure you your body is not thanking you for it.
Here are some of the immediate benefits of eating without any distractions:
- You’re able to digest your food much better, hence, less stomach aches, bad breath, better elimination, more energy, less food allergies and sensitivities
- You will know when you are full because your brain will tell you – in my book, this is the best way to prevent overeating
- You get to taste your food – your host who labored over your meal will surely appreciate it
- You get to fully enjoy and engage in the conversation – let’s be honest, no one likes seeing bits of food come out of your mouth while you’re talking!
- And last, but not least, you get a moment to be thankful for the food that you get to eat and not take it for granted. And that goes a long way.
You can buy the most expensive, high quality food, but if you don’t pay attention to how you actually eat it, it will make very little difference to your overall health and well-being.
If you want to read about simple strategies on how to eat to build your health, read my post These Tips Can Help You Eat Mindfully