8.05.2014

No cellphones at the dinner table?!

So how many of you tried drinking a glass or two of water this morning before heading off to work? Hope yesterday's guest post helped you learn why it's important to stay hydrated. Sometimes ditching the cup of Joe and adding some H2O can really provide you with more sustainable energy. 

Megan is back today with another way to extend your energy, thanks to mindful eating!
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BYE-BYE multi-tasking meals! Mindful eating is all the rage!!

Besides, it's a fork... not a shovel, people! We really must slow down, CHEW, and enjoy our meals. It seems so simple yet it's one of the hardest things for people to do these days. We're constantly eating on the go. We're eating while commuting, while working, while texting, while #hashtaging, while pinning, and even while "selfie-ing" (is that even a word?). The truth is, when we're eating, our focus should be on the food in front of us and the company around us. After all, meals are meant to be shared.

GAME CHANGER: Make a conscience effort to chew your food.
Now if you're immediate response to that statement is, "Duh!" then stay with me for a second. After grabbing your bagel and coffee on the way into the office this morning, did you sit quietly at a table in the break room and take a good 15-20 minutes to enjoy your breakfast? Did you sip your coffee and thoroughly chew your bagel, savoring each bite, while basking in the sunlight streaming in through the window, slowly easing into your day? -OR- did you shove that bagel down in three bites and burn the roof of your mouth gulping down your coffee? Hoping that the caffeine would get into your system quicker, all the while, responding to work emails, prepping for a meeting, gchatting with friends about the weekend plans and adding more gold bangles to your J.Crew shopping cart? Unfortunately, for most of us, the latter scenario is far too familiar. The point is we're all so distracted that we're not properly chewing our food and that can wreck havoc on our digestive system. Digestion begins in your mouth. If you don't properly chew your food, your digestive system has to work that much harder to extract the energy from the food you eat. So, even though you may have just ate, you can end up feeling drained because your body is using that energy to break down the food that you DIDN'T chew instead of helping you power through the rest of your day.

Your Challenge for Tomorrow: Eat one meal without distraction - no phone, no TV, no email, no books or magazines. Sit down (yes... at a table) and concentrate on chewing each bite thoroughly. It's amazing how satisfied you'll start to feel after meals once you allow yourself the time to actually enjoy a meal.

This #simplesavvy tip can be the difference between an energized afternoon or time spent battling indigestion, fatigue and mindless eating.

Megan
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Megan is a certified health coach, who is passionate about "smart casual" approaches to healthy living. She works with busy, motivated women, to help them uncover the food and lifestyle choices that fuel their lives and support their full potential... one simple, savvy step at a time. Megan's website: www.simplesavvyself.com

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