I used to eat dinner every night after work in front of the TV and overindulge without even realizing what I had eaten. Recently I finally stopped to think about how it takes much longer to make dinner than it does to actually eat it. Kind of a downer, so in an attempt to slow down and focus on being mindful, I decided to use the dining room table instead of parking myself on the couch in front of the television.
Now, when I’m sitting across from my boyfriend, the two of us enjoy good conversation, laughter, and tasty, healthy food. Taking the time to focus on the texture, color, smells, and flavors of the foods we use to nourish our bodies really takes the mindlessness away from our normal daily routine.
We don’t eat together at the table every night, but we make a point to have at least one meal in the dining room together every week. It has helped me be mindful of the food I’m eating and it’s improved our relationship!
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!