I was watching 2 youtube channels (health and workout, vegan cooking, and profound stuff like that) and came across a few uploads of them filming themselves eating (you know, those “what I eat in a day” episodes. (by the way- personally, I find it hard to believe that’s the actual way those people on youtube eat every day- or even on a typical day. too much work to maintain this kind of lifestyle. which annoys me- because young people might watch them and instead of being inspired by the rainbow of exotic nutritious fruit -acai bowl and fresh vegetable stir-fry with special ingredient sauce, they might think: “oh-but I don’t have either the time or the money to make these extravagant meals everyday- 2-3 times a day, might as well get a pizza delivery”. If influential YouTubers were to post constant videos of them opening the fridge randomly and using whatever they have from previous supermarket orders to make a great healthy nutritious meal from leftovers, a stirfry from cabbage and broccoli bought last week. or soup from the same ingredients; all in 10 minutes including dishes (meaning you don’t display each herb or condiment in a different bowl, and you don’t use 3 pans for each dish) then I have a hunch people will be more encouraged to try it out themselves- resulting in more people eating healthy, saving costs, and using groceries more wisely instead of throwing away perfectly good food).
OK- that’s enough ranting -for now anyway.
What caught my attention in those videos was the fact that those aware and health-minded Youtubers, that had just spent quite a lot of time filming the whole procedure of making that extravagant meal- were eating it while either watching YouTube, working (on their laptop), or listening to a podcast or a book.
Already told you- I am no health master or physiological expert, but I think I can safely say that eating while totally immersed in something else- means you are either very skilled in doing many things at once, or- not really interested in what you are watching or reading (in which case- why do it?)or and I suspect this is the most probable answer- you are not really interested in paying attention to your food.
I have to say I did a small survey before writing this post (that’s how dedicated I am!) and turns out the average young person (between 23-33) either chat with friends -if eating with people, or watches TV-if at home alone.
I also have to say I got the feeling that this behavior was so obvious to the survey participants that they wondered what the purpose of the question was …
I have to say that the unanimous answer made me wonder -maybe I’m the only one making such a big deal of eating ??
Perhaps- but in that case, I can tell you the benefits of my method- and as usual- do whatever you want.
I love eating.
I love preparing food, tasting food, eating it, thinking about new dishes, trying out new recipes, everything.
I am also an introvert, meaning eating with company is unpleasant at best- and VERY UNPLEASANT- in some situations.
This is probably why- I prefer to eat alone, at home, in peace and quiet, no TV or other distractions- just me and my food.
This gives me the opportunity to taste every bite, grade myself for the taste and looks of the food, and decide if this meal was a hit or a miss.
I also know how much I ate, which doesn’t mean I don’t want a second or third helping-or dessert- it just means if someone were to test me on the meal I just had- I would probably pass- whereas if I were reading or watching something while eating- I would get a flat F.
I tend to tell myself that my method comes from respecting my body-
I care what I fuel my body with-and I want to make sure it gets the best food it can get.
The truth is I just love eating and I don’t want to do anything else while I eat.
If this resonates with you- try it. no distractions- human babble or TV babble or YouTube babble.
Just you- and your carefully prepared food.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.