What do you feel like when you are hungry…tired, irritable, sleepy, frustrated, etc. Are you starving and ravenous or just getting to the point of hunger. Did you just eat a filling meal, yet still feel the craving for something else? Many times people eat because it happens to be lunchtime or because their head believes it to be hungry. What happens if you really listen to yourself and rely on what your stomach is telling you, whether it yearns for food or is happily digesting the nutrients you provided from your last meal.
It’s time to become in-tune with your body. Are you hungry, tired and looking for a nap, or do you just need a few minutes to yourself, perhaps to decompress? We live in a society where eating on the run or sitting in front of the computer is the norm? What about these other countries that take a break in the middle of the day and close down offices so that everyone can enjoy their lunch with their friends or loved ones. They take the time to enjoy every bite of their meal, the crisp bite of an apple, the smooth and creamy texture of yogurt, or the smell of sauteed onions and garlic tossed with fresh, seasonal veggies. It’s time to step back from our busy lives and once again enjoy our meals, taste our food, and share memories along side others.
A study was conducted in which two distractions were placed upon an individual who was consuming a vitamin/mineral rich drink. It turns out that there was 0% absorption of any nutrients and metabolism was altered. There is more of a chance for these calories to be converted to fat instead of being optimally digested and/or utilized for energy. Imagine our digestion then as we answer the phone, respond to emails, make a grocery list, watch TV, or grab a bite to eat as we head out the door and eat in the car. What are we actually absorbing? Are we utilizing the nutrients from our food? In our society, it’s not always easy to take that break in the middle of the day to eat your lunch, but there are steps to take to consume your meal in a serene environment. While at work, take the time to eat away from your desk and join others for lunch; relax and savor each bite of your meal, put your fork down between bites. Imagine the energy you will have for the rest of the day from optimally digesting your meal.