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I Am Learning to Make Food Be About Fun-ction, Not Fun!

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!
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    I've been eating more and more at the table, too. I think I'll try this rule out. One of the things that has been working for me is to make sure that what I'm eating is delicious. No reason to eat something I don't like as there are loads and loads of tasty, healthful options out there. That's helped me look forward to eating well and to be willing to wait until there's something nutritious and delicious ready before I eat. Like you, I'm finding that changing the role of food in my life is what is making the difference.
    2204 days ago
    emoticon you are right. emoticon
    2212 days ago
    Truth! Thanks for the perspective!
    2213 days ago
    emoticon Jen! I struggle with the same issue, but have never made the commitment to remedy it. Like you, I just don't WANT to have to sit at the table to eat! We are good about having dinner as a family at the table in the evening, but during the day, I eat at the computer, on the sofa, even while I exercise sometimes. Maybe your good example will help me find the motivation I need to make the healthy change. Thanks for sharing.
    2213 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2012 2:55:26 PM
    2213 days ago
  • DTONEY76
    emoticon weight loss Jen! It's certainly the simple things that matter and make a difference. emoticon
    2214 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2012 12:15:29 PM
    Fantastic weight loss! Congratulations.
    2214 days ago
    Love this! We are huge fans of family dinner time in this house. It is fulfilling in many aspects.
    Keep up the great work!
    2214 days ago
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