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 neither 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 order 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 wither 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 chats with friends -if eating with people, or watches TV-if at home alone.
I also have to say I got the feeling that this behaviour 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 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.