One of the first habits we ask our clients to use is a simple but very important one. Eat slowly
It’s so simple, you won’t believe it. But this habit really works.
Eating slowly makes everything else possible.
Here’s what to know right now.
Eating slowly is one of the most important habits in our program
No matter what else comes in JWN Coaching, you can always go back to simply eating slowly.
If you get off track or feel overwhelmed, or if you catch yourself rushing, don’t panic.
And go back to eating slowly.
Eating slowly and mindfully is more important than:
- what you eat
- when you eat
- where you eat
- who you eat with
- getting anything else “perfect”
That’s one important habit!
Think of slow eating like your “anchor habit”.
You can always come back to simply eating slowly at any point if you get off track or overwhelmed.
Eat Slowly Game
Play the Eat Slowly Game at the challenge level that suits YOU today.
Keep it simple and do-able.
See if you can add 5 or even 10 minutes to each meal. Sit down. Savor the food. Put down your utensils and take a breath (or three) between bites.
Challenge yourself to focus.
Especially if you already eat slowly, try adding another level of difficulty: Eat slowly, most of all, without any distractions. No TV, no computer, no smartphone, no newspaper.
If you’re eating with people, alternate your attention between conversation and what you’re savoring.
Fully observe the taste, texture, and experience of eating.
Here’s how to stay on track.
- Make a note of your goal to eat slowly on a Post-it note, your computer, or your phone.
- Put it somewhere that you’ll see it often, especially before you eat.
If you’ve used your computer or phone, set a reminder to go off before your regular meal times.
- During your meal, try using a timer to check how fast you’re eating.
You can also use an app.Heres one we like:
- WaitPlate (for iPhone | for Android — if you want to get serious, check out the WaitPlate Chewing Timer
Having a bit more information about what you’re actually doing can help you track your improvement with this habit over the next couple of weeks.
Even if you add only 1 minute per meal, that counts as progress!