Why you should stop eating in front of the computer
Mindful eating is something that most of us rarely do. Typically we are multitasking all the time, even when eating. Some are eating while watching television, others are reading the newspaper or a book and third are working on the computer. This deprives us both of the physical as well as psychological satisfaction.
Many people do not even notice when they finished their meal. Suddenly the plate is empty or the bag of chips contains only the crumbs, and they don’t even have a memory of when that happened! Sound familiar?
There is a significant level of unconsciousness between bites one and one hundred.
This is a very bad habit as we can easily bypass comfortable satiety. We can quickly eat too much without even noticing.
The body tells us when it is time to stop eating, sure enough, but we ignore the signals because we are not eating consciously. Overeating is the cause of many obesity, if not all. The other important factor is emotional eating, about which I’ll talk some other time because the topic is so broad that it requires a separate article.
When we are doing other things while eating, we also miss all those pleasures with tasting the delicious food that we eat. We are aware of the first couple of bites, then we go on autopilot and just shovel the food into our mouths without even tasting it because our focus is somewhere else.
We all want to squeeze the most out of each day, which is the main reason why the majority of us is multitasking all the time. And I am no exception. I caught myself that I always ate while working on the computer or doing something else. But I never really just ATE. So I decided to give the 30-day challenge of eating mindfully a chance. The challenge has already ended, but I have been doing it ever since (with few exceptions), because of the many positive effects it had on me.
In the beginning, it was hard, because I always had the feeling that I’m losing time. But this was not really true, I just had to look at the things from the other perspective. I gave myself permission to enjoy the foods and take the time for eating. Because I am now mindful of my eating experience, I pay attention to my body signals and can easily stop when I feel satiated, and I enjoy in every bite much more that I have before.
30-day challenge of conscious eating
- Always sit down to a meal in peace, without doing anything else (not even browsing on the phone!).
- Notice the taste and texture of food.
- Eat slowly and with pleasure.
Tell me in the comments below, do you it consciously, and if not, are you planning to try it?
Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.