Eating Vs Scoffing
As I sit down to eat my meal I catch myself instantly grabbing my phone to check social media. It’s at this point I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a client no more than a week ago about his eating habits on the road (he travels lots for work). Are you eating your food or Scoffing it down distracted?
We discussed the vast difference in the whole eating experience when eating distracted. It became very apparent the repercussions of ‘scoffing your food down’ whilst driving, working or distracted on social media made the food not only less palatable but less enjoyable as a whole. This can lead to feeling hungry when you’re not and craving sugary snacks.
Food is so accessible now that we barely pay it any mind when we are in a rush. Although we are more fussy than ever with the wide-range of food options available to us, we limit our ability to enjoy the experience of eating when no attention is being paid to the process.
Without paying attention to our food, it becomes less entertaining. Distraction takes away from the nuance of flavour, texture, smell and taste. There is enjoyment to be had in the different combinations of food, the order you eat it and the different things that you have on your plate. To begin to have a better, more positive and enjoyable relationship with food, it helps to take your time when you are eating it.
Now I have the pallet of a five-year-old and judge meals on a scale of yummy or not yummy and couldn’t tell you what spice has been put in any meal. It’s either yummy or not. But as I decided to put my phone down for five minutes to eat my meal without distraction, my experience of what was a very basic food (chicken, garden salad, rice) became a lot more enjoyable. I paired the foods on my fork better so wasn’t left with a huge plate of salad at the end with no chicken or rice to eat it with this left me feeling a lot more satisfied. Because I wasn’t distracted whilst eating felt more relaxed because my brain was able to switch off from everything else for the duration of the meal.
This was the very same experience my client had when he decided to pull over on the side of the road to eat, compared to ‘scoffing’ his food whilst driving. The impact of this very simple change in the way we eat our food leaves us feeling a lot happier, sated and fuller, avoiding the need for sugary snacks.
Try it for yourself. Eat your food away from the TV, computer, mobile phone and take 10-30 minutes to relax and enjoy your food. Don’t just scoff it down so distracted that you don’t even realise you have even eaten.
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