In the second installment of post on my thoughts about a recent Family Circle on old and new dieting rules, I want to look at eating mindfully. FC says this is a myth. The reason being that it is time consuming and requires great self-control.
“People end up feeling bad about themselves because they think they don’t have any willpower.” – Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
The “new rule” is to plan and make your environment “user-friendly” by doing things like: eating your meals on a smaller plate (10-in. diameter), portioning out single servings of snacks and weighing and measuring most foods, leaving typically low-calorie fruits and veggies for eating with less abandon.
I completely agree. Chewing every bit a dozen times, savoring the meal? What busy mom has time for that. We’re lucky to be able to scarf down our meals before somebody is wanting us to fix them a second helping or another drink.
We, as Americans, have a greatly distorted view of portions. A huge plate of pasta is “one serving” while a tiny helping of fruit is “one serving.” I know that when I weigh and measure my foods, I’m often shocked at what a serving really is. When I eat a bowl of cereal, it’s always closer to two servings than one, for example.
What about mindless eating from the bag of chips? Oh, that could be my downfall if I let it. Portioning out single-serving sizes of snacks is a great idea – even for the kids, who don’t need to be overeating that kind of stuff anymore than we do. Do I portion out things like that now? No – just keepin’ it real – but I think it’s a good idea and I know I need to seriously consider doing so.
So, what do you think? Eat mindfully, savoring your food or go on the offensive and plan for better eating choices?