Wednesday, February 01, 2012
My number one goal beginning in January was to combat mindless eating. The strategy that I put into place for achieving this goal was to eat at the table. Every bit of food that I eat while at home must be eaten at the table except for one meal per week. This allows me to have a movie night with family or whatever, but just gives me the little leeway that I think life deserves.
This seems like a simple task, but boy, was I resistant to this at first. My family nearly always eats dinner at the table together, so that wasn't an issue, but I work from home most days so I would frequently take a break, make lunch and sit on the sofa in front of the tv. Then there were evenings and the call of the pantry. Dinner would barely be over until my mind would be wandering to what I could have to eat. The first week of strictly table eating was really difficult. I didn't want to eat at the table. Eating on the sofa was somehow more satisfying and felt more like a treat, but I stuck with my plan.
What has happened since this change is that I am eating less and thinking about food WAY less. I still snack, but only when I am hungry. Sitting at the table to eat is not "fun". It is "fun-ctional". The food itself has become about satisfying my hunger and not about trying to fill in those other "empty" spots in life. I can have all the snacks I want, but I "want" them so much less often when I have to sit at the table to eat them.
I am thrilled with the results of this "simple" change in my life. After several years of plateaus and yo-yoing up and down the same pounds over and over, I have dropped 8.5 pounds this month. I have been in great spirits all month due to eating healthfully and exercising. And by removing food from the place where I recreate, I have stopped thinking about it when I relax! You know how they tell you to take the tv out of your bedroom to improve your sleep and your sex life? I have learned that the same concept applies to food. Keep your eating where it belongs - at the table. It will improve your health and your relationship to food!