This week I experimented with turning off the television during meal times as suggested to me by my nutritional coach, Tanya at Root Wellness. At first I was fairly grumpy about this. Since my husband travels for work quite frequently, I am home alone so why do I need to eat in silence? The first night I turned on some music and sat at the dinning room table instead of the kitchen bar counter. This made the dog happy because he was much closer to the food source. I made myself a nice Paleo meal of sauteed spinach and garlic over a baked sweet potato topped with an over easy egg. This combo of food may sound odd, but it’s delicious. The original recipe is here, but I tweaked it so I can share with the dog, substituting the onions for garlic. I also substituted spinach for kale as that’s what I had on hand.
On Tuesday, I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t quite care about the absence of music or the TV. I did really enjoy my dinner though. I made a simple SW BBQ chicken quesadilla from the Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 book and really enjoyed the flavors of the laughing cow cheese wedge mixed with the BBQ sauce, chicken, corn, black beans and cheese. I also added half an avocado as a side ‘fruit’. I like the Hungry Girl book, but in some of the recipes, I can’t see adding artificial sweetener and fat free products to get the calorie count down. So although I like the book, I don’t live by those rules.
On Wednesday I happily ate dinner with out the TV, but on Thursday .. well, I slipped. I turned on the TV to make dinner and started watching Ridiculousness on MTV. Can I watch anything more juvenile? All I can say is that it was a funny episode and I was laughing and laughter is the best medicine so back to the kitchen bar I went to eat my dinner. Old habits die hard, I guess.
Although I haven’t mastered mindful eating, I am doing well. So far I’ve lost 2 lbs and maybe next week I’ll lose 2 more. Stay tuned.