Food, especially food that is truly worth eating, should leave you feeling satisfied. When you sit down for a meal, you should feel an excitement that you are about to eat a delicious meal. Oftentimes, if you’ve been dieting, you aren’t eating what you truly want to eat, you eat what the diet tells you to eat. True, there may be times when you like the food, but more times than not, you are likely just tolerating it.
Or, if you’re a busy bee and dinner is not a priority, the pleasure in your meal is lost as you fly through a drive-thru or quickly warm up leftovers.
It’s time to put food that you love back at the center of your mealtimes. One way to do that is to throw away all the diet rules and start tuning in to your food preferences.
A beautiful presentation, a smell that just makes you melt or the way you eat can truly elevate the eating experience. That is why it’s important to try and get back in touch with your senses that will then make it easier to get back in touch with your food.
3 Tips to Enjoy Food Again
1. Slow It Down
Are you the first one at the dinner table to finish your food? Slowing down the pace of your eating isn’t always easy, but it IS possible. Put your fork down in between bites and focus on the food in your mouth, rather than the next forkful you’re filling up. If you slow down and start using your senses to truly enjoy each bite, you will find that you will walk away fully appreciating your meal.
2. Allocate at least 20 minutes for your meal
Do you race through your meals thinking of all the things you need to do after dinner? When you plow through a meal fast, you often don’t even remember what you ate and, you disregard your fullness signals. This may then cause you to go back for more because you don’t feel satiated. Try this: allocate at least 20-30 minutes for your next meal. Keep your phone out of the dining area and eliminate all distractions. Plate your food, sit down at the table, and eat in a calm relaxed atmosphere. The less time you spend eating in your car or standing at the kitchen counter, the more time you can give to savor your food. When you take the time to use your senses – sight, smell, touch and taste – of your meal, you are much more likely to feel satisfied after eating.
If you approach a meal thinking “I “shouldn’t” eat this food, you will not enjoy it. You may think you are, but you’re not because all the while you are eating it, you are mentally bashing yourself. When you stop labeling food as “good” or “bad” and regard all foods as emotionally equal (I’m not speaking nutritionally equal), then it will allow you to have complete satisfaction and pleasure in the foods you eat, without the guilt. This is something you learn as part of the intuitive eating journey is a journey that will finally bring you peace with food.
Taking the time to sit down to meals and savoring every bite may sound labor intensive, but if taking a couple of extra minutes to set the stage for a meal allows you to get in touch with your inner body wisdom, then it’s well worth it.
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