Are you a racer or a pacer? That is the question. When I read that question this morning I answered rather quickly…RACER! Everything we do these days needs to be done quickly so we can move on to the next activity. Eating slowly, easy life style change right? Wrong!
On my way to take the children to lunch, I was going over in my mind how I was really going to take a moment and plan out how I was going to eat my lunch. By the time I got back to the teacher’s lounge (only 5 min later), I got involved talking and unpacking my lunch and before I knew it I was sitting down eating! My lunch was half gone before it struck me (like lightening) that I was supposed to take a moment and prepare. I stopped and took a few breaths (I must have been eating so fast that I was out of breath) and imagined I was eating my eggplant at a small cafe in the Tuscan countryside. (I enjoy visualizing imaginatively) I would certainly be slowly taking it all in if I were in Tuscany! Once I slowed down, I was able to use the rest of my lunch time to finish.
I often find myself eating quickly and then looking around for what else I can eat, mostly because I ate whatever it is so fast that it’s gone! I realize I am not even aware of each bite let alone the many different flavors that make up the meal. I can spend hours eating a meal with a friend. Eating slowly, chatting, savoring and nourishing my body and soul. I need to work on being my own best friend and eating similarly when I am alone! After all, I am WORTH the time! We are ALL worth the time!
New personal daily challenge: Slowly & Savoringly! (I love making up new words!)