I tried eating only at the kitchen table this past week. I hated it! But I would have to admit that the experiment should be classified as a success. With one exception: my time at the lake house.
So let’s get the lake visit admission out of the way first. I did a bad job eating there. I ate things I should not have eaten. I ate sitting in a recliner while reading a book. I regret it. But my lake visits are over for the summer and I am moving on. Suffice to say it was not good and I know it. No excuses, just an explanation.
Now on to the business at hand: the results of my non-scientific experiment. At home, I did indeed eat all my food at the kitchen table. And restricting my location meant I snacked less. And I thought more about what I was going to nibble. Was it worth the time and effort to sit at the table? Sometimes, the answer was “no.” And this table business cut way down on my evening snacking problem!
What I most missed during the whole experiment was having my lunch in front of the TV. I know, I know. Not a great idea. But I enjoy fast-forwarding through my recorded episode of the Today show while slowly working my way through a huge serving of roasted veggies. And in reality, meals are not usually a problem for me. My snacking is the problem. My snacking habit that becomes mindless eating that often escalates to overeating. Some days there is a whole lotta snacking going on. But not so much now that it is limited to one location:)
So while I am going to stick with the “eat only at the table thing,” I am going to give myself the leeway to make it an “eat snacks only at the table thing” and I will allow myself, when I want, to eat meals elsewhere, like in front of the TV. I think this is one place in my life where I can handle some moderation:) So let’s see what happens.
Now for official challenge goals for the week…
- Eat snacks only at the kitchen table.
- Stay on plan every day except at a party on Saturday when I will eat mindfully and moderately. For now, that also means no bread or crackers.
How was your week/weekend? Anything working for you lately that you just don’t like?