Let’s start with the punch line: being a slow, relaxed eater is the royal road to embracing food and having a more open and nourishing relationship with food.
This has been one of the biggest challenges on my journey to healing my relationship with food.
I often eat most of my meals alone so watching something on Netflix seemed like a good idea. I had company plus it made me feel efficient. I’ve done it for so many years so it’s been one of the hardest habits to break.
Sometimes if I “just eat” I feel like I am wasting my time. Yet – multitasking gives me acid reflux, indigestion and I don’t get any pleasure from food, which usually means I’m hungry shortly afterwards.
One of the things that helped me is keeping the kitchen table free of clutter. I want this table to be clean and inviting, so that I have even less distractions in the physical space.
I notice that when I am present with my food I enjoy it more, yet usually eat less. I noticed that I don’t have digestive issues and that I am more relaxed after it.
Here is your homework for this week:
- Create an inviting dining space. You may need to clear the clutter of your dining table as well. I’d love to see your pictures so please make sure you tag me!
- Breathe more during your meal – this will help you relax into your meal
- Turn off any distractions, I mean it – no phone, no TV, no book, only loving, nourishing conversations allowed
- Enjoy your meals!
It is a practice, so if all you can manage at the beginning is one meal a day eaten without distractions – yay! Let’s celebrate and build up on it.
I can’t wait to hear about your success.
Do you want to dive deeper and create more personalized strategies for eating without distractions and healing your relationship with food? I have a few complimentary coaching sessions available this week (it’s phone or skype) – grab one here.