4 Ways Distracted Eating Can Decrease Your Health
If you eat while you’re distracted, chances are, you:
Eat Too Fast
If you’re in work mode, you’re most likely to be in the mindset of getting things done. The sandwich at your desk becomes another thing to get done. If you’re not paying careful attention, you’ll often find your sandwich is gone before you even noticed you were eating it.
Can’t Remember What You Ate (Or How It Tasted)
Distracted eating means you’re paying more attention to other things going on at the moment beside your meal. Did you ever have the experience of arriving at your destination without remembering the journey there? That surreal experience is duplicated when you eat without paying attention. What you actually ate, and how it tasted, go completely unnoticed.
Since your meal didn’t fully nourish you, you may turn to food over and over during your day, in an attempt to get a hit of nourishment. Food can nourish you, but only when it’s eaten under relaxed circumstances. There’s nothing nourishing about gobbling down dinner while you watch a sports match. The stress you feel when you’re wrapped up in the game (especially if your favorite team is losing) is going to make it harder for you to notice your meanl, let alone digest it. So you’ll be looking for more food when all you needed was to notice the food you ate in the first place.
Feel Significantly Less Full And Satisfied
Related to the perceived need for snacking, is the fact that your body is unlikely to report back to your brain that it’s full, because it didn’t notice that it ate in the first place.
If you routinely eat one or more meals a day in a distracted way (for example – breakfast in the car on the way to work, lunch at your desk, dinner in front of the television), you’re not doing your body any favors. Try taking at least 20 minutes to eat breakfast at a slower, more relaxed pace. Take a full lunch hour and leave your work space. Eat dinner with family or friends. If this is too much, make an effort to eat one meal a day in a more mindful way. You’ll see that you will easily be able to cut down on the size of a meal by about 10-15%, just by paying closer attention to the food you’re taking in and the way your body feels as you reach the end of your meal.
Mindful eating is a terrific behavioral companion to an adjustable gastric balloon. Noticing that you often eat when you’re distracted is a great first step.
Author: Rebeca Espinoza
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.