Changing the Way I Eat

Whole 30 2.0: Day 2 Recap – Tues, May 27 Whole 30 2.0 Day 2 was a success! (2.0 because I already did it once before…the geek in me can’t help it…)

The end.

Just kidding.

Actually Day 2 wasn’t that difficult. This is probably because it was a workday and I was back to my regular routine after the long weekend. What that means is that I ate pre-planned, home-cooked meals.

I used to be someone who ate out ALL THE TIME, three meals a day. But now, with my dietary restrictions, I prefer to eat at home. I know exactly what I’m eating (no hidden ingredients in sauces and other similar stuff) which keeps my digestional issues in check.

Whole 30 Thought of the Day

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One thing that I like about Whole 30 is that it’s more than just what you eat. It’s also how you eat and how you feel while eating.

Whole 30 advocates eating meals at a table without distractions. This means, no TV, computer or phones. They should all be turned off or put away. This way you can relax, chew your food slowly and savor the taste of it.

For me, when eating at home I often eat my desk while working on my laptop, or eat while sitting on the couch watching TV. And I usually finish my meals in record time. Not a good way to appreciate the meals.

So today I tried the “quietly eating at the table" thing.

Normally I eat breakfast while reading through work emails. Depending on the nature of the email, I either ate fast, faster or the fastest. Today I found that I actually enjoyed the solitude of having that moment to myself before the busy-ness of the day began.

But as the day progressed I found it more challenging to do this.

Lunch required me to interrupt my workflow and actually take a break to eat. Like a real break. Don’t get me wrong, I take lots of breaks during the workday, but it’s usually to take care of personal business - on the phone or computer.

And for dinner, my ritual is to watch the evening news while eating. It felt weird to skip that part of it.

Old habits die hard, but I can definitely see how eating slowly with no distractions provides a break of the typical stresses of the day.