Is how you eat as important as what you eat?

Does this sound familiar?

You sprint to your car at 6:30 a.m. (and you’re somehow already running behind schedule?!) so you race to the nearest drive-thru to grab a bagel and a coffee. As you shove your food down in the car, you hastily check breakfast off the seemingly never ending to-do list. But at what cost?

In Western culture, how we eat is often overlooked. A kitchen table is often substituted for the driver’s seat of your car, the bus stop, or the desk chair of your office.

Have you ever thought about how these various places you eat may affect your health and well-being? In many cultures across the globe, mealtime is not viewed as a check off the to-do list, but rather an experience to be savored and shared with others.

This week, make mealtime an authentic dining experience to be savored and shared with others, rather than a time to multitask.

Enjoy a meal with family and friends, rather than with your cell phone or other electronic device. Eat at the table, rather than in a car or on a couch.

When you do these things, you’re more likely to have cooked the meal yourself. The majority of homemade meals are nutritionally superior to processed food options.

Also, when you don’t multitask while enjoying a meal, you’re more likely to consume your meal mindfully. By pacing yourself as you eat, your digestive system is able to keep up with your consumption.

Do you think that how you eat is more, equally, or less important than what you eat?

Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie

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One thought on “Is how you eat as important as what you eat?

  1. Ellie

    Hi Katie, I think how and what you eat are both important. Family meal time is a very important part of life for me. I’m grateful every day to share a meal with my family or friend. It’s disheartening to see people go out to eat and only interact with their electronics.

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