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Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I appreciate the techniques listed in this chapter to help us slow down and eat mindfully.
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As a nurse I spent many years working in hospitals where a full lunch break was unheard of and any chance to eat something had to be stuffed in as fast as you could get it down. No chewing allowed. That bad habit transitioned to my home life as well, and I am sure was a huge factor in my weight topping 200 pounds.
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I am quite guilty of eating while I do other things...watching TV, reading, using my computer. Even at work I eat while I keep on working...even though in the job I have now I typically have time for a break.
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I have learned to slow down and enjoy my meals, especially if I am enjoying something extra special or eating out. I'm trying to focus more on building this habit on the weekends when sticking to my food plan is more challenging. I really enjoy having my meals on my patio. The nature in my back yard is pretty distracting, though!
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  • PATRICIA-CR
    Sometimes life makes it difficult for us to focus in our food, but since with age we can eat less and less, it's worth to learn how to savor every piece of it.
    1808 days ago
  • JOHNSONZ
    My worst fault besides portions.
    I eat good for me food, but always in a hurry,
    never take breaks & lunches, etc.

    I even get up when hubby is still eating & get the whole kitchen cleaned before he finishes his meals. He gets to relax & eat slowly - why am I rushing around??

    sigh...
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    But this book just arrived so I will be starting it this weekend.
    Thanks Again!
    1808 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    We all have to deal with the reality of our lives and pressures: and you are. Even slowing down a little bit helps me enjoy my food more: and I try!
    1808 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Working in the health care system is really demanding, it leaves no me-time - that is hard, even if it gives a lot of joy and sense of accomplishment.
    It is great you were able to break the vicious circle, and learned to slow down.
    Having your meals on the patio surely helps to pay more attention and enjoy them fully.
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    1809 days ago
  • SEAJESS
    emoticon You are giving me hope that this is possible. Truly, my first year as a student has left me wondering how anyone in healthcare, especially nurses, maintains his or her own health. The deck seems stacked against us.
    1809 days ago
  • CSHULLCSHELLS
    I hear you! When I used to work as an investment analyst. You never take vacations, bathroom breaks, or lunch breaks! Unless you are eating with a client and who can concentrate then! I too love eating on my patio. I don't think that kind of distraction is bad at all!
    1809 days ago
  • SANDICANE
    Don't you find that food tastes extra yummy when we take the time to enjoy it? Soooo much different than fast-noshing!. Good for you!
    1809 days ago
  • SANDICANE
    Don't you find that food tastes extra yummy when we take the time to enjoy it? Soooo much different than fast-noshing!.
    1809 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    It's great that despite years of being so pressured by work that you couldn't have a relaxing meal and break, you have learned to slow down and enjoy your meals. Good for you! I'm sure you can do it on weekends.

    Thanks for this good blog!
    1809 days ago
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