STOP and Smell the Organic Bacon…

“I’m in a hurry to get things done, I rush and rush…” If you are familiar with country music you may be able to finish the lyrics. Let’s face it; rushing to do everything is a part of life nowadays. I used to be one of those drivers that swerves in and out of lanes only to be stopped at the red light…first. When I started reading about food, digestion, and getting full I realized I could implement this into all areas of life!

I am not going to say I don’t rush every now and again. Sometimes you gotta rush to take action and get somewhere fast, so I might eat on the run occasionally. Today’s post is about taking time to enjoy your food, after all it IS what’s giving you the ability to read this post, walk, and just about everything else. Why not enjoy it?

I am not saying to worship your food (although it might not be a terrible idea to thank your food for nourishing your body). The slower you eat, the less you eat…the faster you eat, the more you will eat. It takes time for the “full” signals to travel from the stomach to the brain.

Here are a few tips on improving your eating habits, digestion, and sanity:

  • Stop rushing to eat. Set aside more time for eating, for shopping and preparation, for enjoying life. Stop rushing to fast food places because it’s convenient — because it’s not so convenient to be hospitalized. Instead, take things a bit slower.
  • Prepare your own meals. I know, who has the time? You do. Make the time, and cook simple meals without a lot of ingredients or preparation time. It takes 10 minutes to whip together a healthy and tasty lunch or dinner. And it can be a lot of fun (get the family or your partner involved). Preparing your own meals is healthier, frugal, and you know you’re eating good food.
  • Eat real food, not processed. Buy fresh ingredients such as fruits, veggies, organic and pastured animal products, gluten-free flours, and the like.Use ingredients you can recognize, not things filled with chemicals. Don’t use prepared food if you can avoid it — microwaveable or boxed foods are not the best. Avoid processed food at all costs.
  • Eat slowly and mindfully. Too many people stuff food down their gullets these days. It’s not healthy, and you’ve just consumed food without enjoying it. Instead, take the time to chew your food, to taste it, to be present as you eat.
  • Enjoy the food. Fully savor each bite. Appreciate the miracle of the food you’re eating, and be grateful you have that bite at all.
  • Take time to breathe, and smile. Before you begin to eat, smile, and take a deep breath, reminding yourself to be present and enjoy the food. Between bites, instead of rushing to the next bite, breath, relax, enjoy. Savor the moment.
  • When drinking tea, just drink tea. When eating, just eat. Don’t read a book or surf the net or drive or work or anything else but eat and drink.
  • Good conversation. OK, the exception to the above rule: eating with friends and family. Fast food has destroyed the good meal and conversation, because we’re rushing as we eat and don’t have time for a good talk. Bring it back.
  • When you do eat at a restaurant, make it a good one. Avoid the fast food places, but also the chain restaurants (Chilis, TGI Fridays, Olive Garden, etc). Go to locally owned restaurants where they use real ingredients and really make good food. These may be more expensive, but you’re not supporting a corporation and your food will be better, and even if it means eating out less that’s OK — quality is more important than quantity.

This is the Anti-Fast Food Way of Eating — a way to not only lose weight and get healthier, but to change your life to one of simplicity and happiness.

Abandon fast food, and all the values it brings: mass consumption, mass production, the exploitation of workers, the destruction of the environment, the destruction of small local businesses, the corporatization of our culture.

If you read my posts often, you can tell I am completely against fast food and everything that comes with it. It’s a contributor to much more than just obesity. Think before you turn into the fast food restaurant. I know it’s cheap…I know it “tastes good”…I know “it’s hard”…OH WELL! You have to start at some point and tomorrow is NOT good enough, do it today!

Remember, sometimes you have to slow down to speed up…your metabolism!

In appreciative and slow eating,

Nick Garcia

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