Why It Matters

Why It Matters

It’s not always what you eat. Sometimes, it’s how you eat.

Eating is a big part of our lives—not just for survival, but in how we celebrate, interact with others and show ourselves care. Since eating is so habitual, sometimes we might not notice when we’re taking away from the experience by:
  • Eating too fast
  • Eating on the go
  • Overeating

Noticing these behaviors is a great start. Let’s take 7 simple steps to make sure your mind and body are getting the most out of every meal. This will result in:
  • Working towards a healthier metabolism
  • Staying full for longer
  • Helping your digestion
  • Getting more enjoyment out of your meals
Before you eat, check in. Our brains and bodies aren’t always on the same page. Ask yourself, “am I really hungry?” Pay attention to natural cues, like a growling stomach or low energy.

Sit down. Grounding yourself helps you eat slower and stay full longer. If you’re tempted to eat on the go or standing up, grab a chair instead.

Set the mood. Plate your meal and pour your drink in a glass. Put on music. Eating is an act of self-care, and it could be a calming experience too.

Focus on chewing. Sounds simple, but it isn’t always. The smaller your bites, the better you chew and the easier it is for your stomach to digest.

Put down your fork while you chew. Pick it up again only after you’ve swallowed. This helps you stay mindful.

Just eat. Try to give your meal your full attention, without any distractions. Enjoy the flavors on your plate and find a moment of peace.

Stay regular. Eating three meals a day around the same time (and snacking in between) reduces your hunger and keeps you from overeating.
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