Sunday, February 28, 2010
Seriously, do you eat like a bird?
I am not not talking about eating only a little amount because you are a sparrow...
I am not talking about only eating seeds and nuts and fried green worms because you are a robin....
What I am referring to is:
We have been adjusting our diet and exercise and eating habits in the privacy of our own home this past year. Of course I am referring to the children and I, the adult male has his own ideas and uh 'research'.....Whatever dude, I am the one who cooks and cleans and grocery shops for the most part, so the kids are getting knowledge and skills from me on this healthier fad-free habit building Spark-style.
We used to travel lots and eat at all you can eat buffets after a day's very hard work. The prevailing uh 'research' at the time was to hurry up and eat a bunch of protein before your stomach said it was full. This often resulted in stomach aches and long wait times for the one bathroom in the hotel room. Personally, since I am my own adult, I never really partook in this practice very much, but did have to sit at the table and through the bathroom wait afterwards.
Since the work schedule has changed and we are home more, we have really changed our diets over the past year. Add in my little "vacation" stay last year at the doc's house and I really got into eating better for both me and the kids. We got rid of salt, pre-packaged meals, and highly processed food for the most part; fruits and veges hang out on our counter more often; sugary cereals got the boot; and we drink lots of water instead of soda pop.
But what does this have to do with eating like a bird?
Spark talks about slowing down at meal time and eating smaller healthier meals more often throughout the day. We converted over time to slowing down while we eat and 'gorging' less at meal times. Supplementing with fruit throughout the day and and having many small meals spaced throughout the day when we really do start to feel hungry instead of stuffing our bellies at set times. I call this "eating like a bird"....meaning we don't woof down our food but take a bite and chew it up (not even Big Bird has teeth ya know). Our meal times last a little longer and we feel more satisfied afterwards.
I can tell when the kids are not eating like a bird.....that wait time for the one room increases (maybe it comes out whole since it wasn't chewed in small bites?)
I never thought much about this until I went out to eat with an old friend, who has their own uh 'research' on healthy things for a body. As the kids and I sat there and ate like birds (ok, my teens had 3 medium plates of food and my youngers had 2 medium plates of food...still takes a lot of food to fill them hollow legs....but it wasn't woofed down). After all that, we didnt have wait times or belly aches afterwards. I piled my one plate sky high (ever noticed how high fruit and salad can look? I had pizza and soup and pasta too) and sat there eating and talking. My bird habit kicked into gear. I watched my friend woof down three plates of food while discussing the need to detox soon and exercise more often.....I began to worry about them. I had been in that same seat not that long ago. It was hard to be pleased with our advancements (yeah yeah yeah!) when we were watching our friend's suffering. I suggested Spark to them, I don't know if they 'heard' it or not, and I will mention it again the next time we get together....
Who knew eating like a bird would lead to this type of awareness....
So do you eat like a bird or not?