Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom
It’s important to break the bad habit we all have of “eating on the run”, which leads to mindless overeating. Whether it’s in the car, standing in the kitchen, or walking down the street between appointments, these activities show a disconnect between eating on the run and a structured setting in which to eat.
For your on-the-run meals, try some portable meal replacements and fruit. Don’t skimp on some downtime for meal preparation and enjoyment – even when it’s dinner for one. You’re worth the effort! Here are some of my favorite ways to treat yourself right:
- Set the table, with a place mat and nice dishes. A bud vase with a flower is a nice touch. Even dinner for one should be acknowledged – you’re worth it.
- Sit down at the table and eat! Make a mental note to focus on the taste of the food. Don’t multitask while eating. Put on some quiet music. If it relaxes you, it’s okay to read the paper, or watch the news.
- On the go? Take a protein bar or shake, along with a fruit, and take 15 minutes to eat, undisturbed. Listen to your iPod, or some music, to help reset your day. Location is less important than setting aside the time.
- Take time for your meal, which helps you eat slowly and maximize your contentment with fewest calories. Don’t gobble your food. It takes 15-20 minutes for your stomach to send a signal to the brain that you’ve eaten.