Get To Know The Significance Of Eating Food In An Environment Without Distractions If you'd like to lose weight, the environment you eat in is super important. Imagine a woman called Angela. Angela gets up in the morning and before she even has breakfast she starts thinking about what she can have for dinner. She has a shower and she’s thinking about what she would have for dinner. She travels to work and on the way she is thinking about what she would have for dinner. She gets to work and sits at her desk. She’s focused on her work, of course, but she’s even thinking about what she would have for dinner. Time passes and it is lunchtime. She certainly, thinks about her lunch but all the time she’s also thinking about what she will have for dinner. Then it is the afternoon. She does some more work, however she’s also thinking about what she could have for dinner. Then she travels home. On the way home she’s thinking about what she would have for dinner. She begins to get excited as she ponders the various lip smacking options that she has. Perhaps she stops at the shop on the way to buy all or part of what she’s going to eat. Perhaps she has everything she already needs. Then she makes her dinner. While she is cooking, she smells the food - it smells delicious. Then, at long last, the food is ready after a long day of waiting. Thus Angela takes her food, puts in on her plate and sits down to eat. She switches the TV on, has a magazine open in front of her, and half-watching, halfreading, shovels the food into her mouth. What is wrong with this picture? It is true that food is our fuel, however it is more than that. Every few years all of the cells in our body regenerate themselves. In fact, this happens so quickly that in 6 months time 98% of the cells that make up your body would be new cells which aren’t part of your body now. Think about what that means.
That means that the food and drink you put in to your body in just the next six months would form 98% of your body! It is a known fact that we become what we eat. The food we eat is not just the fuel for our bodies, it even provides the building blocks for our body. Don’t you think that’s an important enough process to deserve your undivided attention? What you put in to your body matters. What food you eat and what drinks you drink - these things are extremely important, they deserve your attention. It isn’t possible to have awareness while consuming food if food consumption is taking place in an environment full of distractions. So while you are eating, EAT IN AN ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS. Do I mean that you should not consume food in front of the television? YES Do I mean that you should not eat while reading (either on-screen, or a newspaper, magazine or a book)? YES Do I mean that you shouldn’t eat in company? No, but you need to ensure your company knows you could be paying attention to your food. If they don’t let you do that, then you must commence seriously considering serving notice on them as dining companions. Does it mean that you shouldn’t listen to music? No, but it does mean that you don’t want to be head-banging to the most recent Iron Maiden album while you’re consuming food at dinner time.