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Being Present with Food

April 14, 2012

I always hear about the importance of how we need to avoid “mindless eating.” But what does that really mean? While eating breakfast a few days ago, I think I figured out what it means to me.

Before I get to what happened during breakfast, lets talk about mindless eating. Does anyone else ever get home from work and snack like crazy? I get out the crackers and hummus, try some leftovers, etc. and then get to dinner. I am not even paying attention to what I am eating. Then if I am reading or doing something while I have dinner, I feel like dinner wasn’t enough so I might make something else. To me this is mindless eating so maybe HOW I eat is really the problem.

So, on this particular morning I sat down to a bowl of Overnight Oats. It is my favorite new breakfast from the Oh She Glows blog. Essentially you mix a few ingredients together the night before which takes less than a minute. Then your breakfast is ready right out of the fridge when you wake up. Amazing. And so tasty.

When I sat down with my bowl of oats, I decided not to read anything while I was eating. I wasn’t checking email, on the phone nor did I have the newspaper. Essentially I was present with my food. I actually enjoyed every bite and when I watched every bite, I really felt like I ate plenty of food. When I was done eating my mind and body noticed that I was full, so I didn’t run to find something else to eat. I felt a lot more satisfied than when I ate the same breakfast the day before while checking email.

So maybe this idea of actually being present with my food has some real merit. My mind needs to see and notice all the food I eat or it will tell me I need more. I just need to outsmart my mind!

This reminded me of some eating action mantras I learned from a food and nutrition expert named Dawn Jackson Blatner. She talked about an action mantra about food related to only eating meals with TABLE – PLATE – CHAIR. So no eating from the pantry or straight from the fridge. Just sit down with a plate and enjoy your food. I am adding something to that mantra and mine now reads TABLE – PLATE – CHAIR – PRESENCE. If I am present with my food during a meal and noticing each bite, I will enjoy my food more, eat less and probably save a little money. Try being more present with your food and let me what you think! Have a good one!

Breakfast, Food

Egg White Happy Hour

December 22, 2011

I heard something the other day that breakfast is the new “happy hour” because it really impacts our well-being for the rest of the day. This resonates with me because I am always in a better mood after a good breakfast.  It also could be my favorite meal of the day!  I try to stay on the healthy side, and my all time favorite is the incredible egg white omelet.

 

There is still nothing wrong with eating regular eggs, but you will cut calories and fat by using just the egg white. I also feel just as full eating egg whites only and really enjoy the fact that I feel lighter and have more energy going this route. Sometimes eating healthier also gives me a sense of accomplishment because I did something positive for myself. I also save some calories for cheese since I have an unhealthy love affair with feta.

The Basic Egg White Omelet

-3-4 egg whites scrambled

-cheese of your choice (cheddar, feta, goat, brie, whatever you like)

I crack the egg on the edge of the sink and then move the yolk back and forth and let just the egg white fall into the pan. If you haven’t had just egg whites before then try one regular egg and a few egg whites to ease into the new flavor. Cook your eggs in a pan and use some spray pam or olive oil in a misto to keep it from sticking.  Got the latter idea from KathEats blog!

The key to omelet making is pulling back the edges of the egg that is cooked and then tilting the pan so the uncooked egg falls directly on to the cooking surface of the pan.

I do most of this on medium heat so you don’t brown the bottom too much.  Throw in all your favorite toppings on one half of the egg and then the fold the other side over top.

Cook it on low heat for a couple more minutes to let the cheese melt or flavors set in.  And voila! You have an amazing start to your day in the form of an egg white omelet.

How about some other quick variations to keep your omelet eating fresh:

-Have left over mexican food?  Make an egg white wrap with salsa, cheddar, black beans and sour cream (I substitute greek yogurt).

-Like something spicy? Try it with a buffalo chicken sausage or ground turkey meat and some jalapenos or onions.

-Feeling a little Provencal? Throw in some fresh herbs, diced tomatoes and goat cheese.

One thing I do hear about making eggs or an omelet is that it takes too much time.  If you crack them directly in the pan, you can do all of this in 5-6 minutes.  Not much longer than eating a bowl of cereal!

So could you spend a few more minutes in the morning starting your day off right with your own breakfast “happy hour?” A healthy breakfast in the morning makes me happier and allows me to connect better with others. Which makes me wonder…could something as simple as an egg white omelet really be another element that makes us better leaders? I guess it is all in your perspective :).

 

Breakfast, Dogs, Exercise, Food, Running

Why Should I Run?

November 13, 2011

So I just got back from a short run and feel great. I always kick myself because the hardest part about running seems to be getting out there. This morning I had all kinds of excuses and they usually go something like this below. I decided to respond to my own excuses as well.

morning runner

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