Thursday, January 20, 2011
Diet Tip #382 - It's Not Just About What You Eat
A friend posted this pic from Demitri Martin on Facebook today and I loved it. I thought if I ate all my meals using these implements I'd probably lose a few pounds. :-)
Then I got thinking about how I eat. I wasn't really all that aware about how I eat until I was recently watching my son eat. As he was very rapidly shoveling food into his mouth I became increasingly agitated and maybe even angry. I told him to slow down. To set the fork down in between bites. Close his mouth. Stop making noises. To chew properly (crunch, crunch, swallow isn't good enough....at least chew 20 times or more, son!)
And while I was saying all these things I became even more frustrated and uncomfortable as I realized I was echoing my parents' words to me when I was younger. Then I really stopped and tried to pay attention to how *I* was eating and it was probably almost as vociferously and my heart sank. What on earth have I been teaching this child? Then I thought, well, maybe there's still time to save him from a lifetime of doom - and it has to start with my being the example, being the role model.
So henceforth and hitherto (blah blah blah) I declare I am going to think about my food while I eat it. I am going to think about how I am eating the food. Am I putting the fork down in between bites? Am I enjoying it or shoveling it? Am I taking time to see, smell, taste, enjoy the textures and colors? Am I distracted by the TV or lost in my own thoughts and not really enjoying the meal?
I also feel the panic of time slipping away. My son is 11 and it won't be long before he won't want to sit around and eat with Mom anymore. So I want to really make mealtime more special. I want to focus on him, our conversation and leisurely enjoying the time rather than rushing through.
It really isn't just about what you eat. And I'm going to try to really be mindful of that going forward. ♥
Posted by CarlyWeb