Sunday, May 27, 2012
I eat fast and in front of my pc or tv. I don't remember if I ate fast growing up or if this is something new. I do know that growing up we always ate at the table. But when I got married hubby worked different shifts, so I ate alone a lot. Then kids came along and we started eating at the table and so did hubby when he was home. And that was great! Then I started working and wasn't getting home till after 5 and we had always ate at 5 .... I think that started cause the kids had to go to bed so early ... But any ways, the kids didn't want to wait for me to get home to cook something so they would just fix themselves something and go to their rooms to eat .... in front of their pc or tv. (another bad habit that needs to be addressed.)
The French make meals an occasion. They sit at the table with their family and friends. They eat slowly, they enjoy their food, they taste their food. They enjoy the company. It's a food party! Why do I have to rush through my meal? What's the hurry? Most of the time I can't even remember what I ate. .... How crazy is that? My body needs food, so why shouldn't I enjoy what it needs? I don't believe I even put my fork down between bites ... unless I need to move the mouse or type something. How can I enjoy my food if I'm shoveling it in before I'm done with the last bite? And I wonder why I choke on my food so much .... Well duh Becky! your inhaling the stuff!
And why should I just settle for bland food or food that I don't enjoy? In Leslie Sansone's book "Eat smart, Walk Strong" she ask "Do you stuff down a 'Balanced dinner' (that you don't enjoy) so that you can treat yourself to dessert as a reward? If so, it might actually be better to eat just dessert for dinner ...." Is that what I'm doing that? Just hurry up and eat it so I can have some thing sweet? Look at me I'm a good girl, I ate all my brussel sprouts .... But I hated every bite. Yes it's good for me, but there are other foods that are just as good that I might even enjoy the taste of.
Thinking about this today I thought about my lunch. (hubby and I went out) It wasn't anything fancy, just a burger and fries and a chocolate chip cookie. (hehe) But I thought about the taste of the burger and I enjoyed it. I thought about the fries and all their greasy saltiness and I enjoyed it. And the cookie? Well cookies are my weakness. I ate it slowly and I tasted every bite of that cookie. And 5 hours later I can still remember that meal and the flavors and how much I enjoyed it.
Supper? Well it was a quick bowl of veggies while I was waiting to take child get ready for work so I could drive him. ..... *sigh*
Tomorrow I'm going to think about my food, I'm going to put my fork down, I'm going to eat at a table or at least turn my back to screen.
I'm going to pretend that I'm French (sorry Irish relatives) and enjoy my food.