Today’s Featured Comment
annmmc is right. Food has become entertainment in this country, and as such, we disrespect it. Remember who you are, and what *you* need.
How to change the way we eat:
1. Eat mindfully. Stop doing two or three things at once. Just eat. Pay attention to how it tastes, the texture, really *enjoy* it. Be thankful for it.
2. Wait until you’re hungry. I found myself eating because I was bored, or because I had a taste for something. Waiting until you are actually hungry is something you have to get used to, but it works.
3. Drink a lot of water. When you think you are hungry, you are actually thirsty. Before you eat anything, take a big glass of water, and drink water during meals. Keep a water bottle at your desk, full, where you can see it all day to remind you to drink more. This will lower your bill in restaurants too, because the price of soft drinks has gotten ridiculous. They don’t even put the prices in the menu anymore, then charge almost $3 for a glass. Forget that!
4. Replace one bad habit a week with a healthier choice. What do you choose for breakfast, for break, for lunch? Make a conscious effort each week to focus on changing just one habit, to see if you can make it stick.
5. Stay busy. Again, I eat when bored, so I find that if I stay busy, I don’t think about eating so much.
6. Use the smaller plate trick to make it look like you have more food than you do, and the eating more slowly trick, so you don’t eat a lot. I have always been a chow hound, so this one I have to work on. It helps though, to put your food or fork down between bites, take a drink of water, and wait a moment before continuing.
7. At restaurants, consider the “children’s meal.” You don’t have to eat everything that’s offered. I have found a children’s meal at most places is just the right amount of food, and am not ashamed to ask if it’s all right for me to order it.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]