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Episode 24: MindFULL Munching

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Description: This week, we explore a really simple task that can help our bodies and minds in big ways. Bon appétit!

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 24 of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren, and in this episode, my invitation to you for this week is to eat at least one meal without any distractions. That's really hard. It is right? Oh man. Okay, so I want us to really think about sitting down and having at least one meal a day that we have no distractions, meaning that we are not sitting in front of the TV or sitting in front of a device scrolling. Oh my gosh, I'm so guilty of this. So guilty of this ... especially if I'm not eating with my husband. Now, if I'm sitting down with my husband and we're eating together, I'm pretty good at this. But, just with our crazy schedules, I tend to eat breakfast or lunch or both on my own.

And, I have a terrible habit of sitting down with my phone and scrolling while I'm eating. And, we know everything tells us to not do this, that when we sit with our devices and we're scrolling, we eat more, we're not paying attention. We don't get that signal that lets us know that we're a full, like ... on and on and on. So, let's try it. I'm going to do this with you. Let's do this together. Let's commit to choosing at least one meal every single day that we truly sit down and eat without distractions. We could take it one step further, and I invite you to like, take one of those really deep belly breaths before you eat, so that you can really sink into it and pay attention to the taste of the food. Right? Which sounds ridiculous ... I'll just speak for myself, I know that when I'm distracted, I can hardly taste what I'm eating. I'm just ... blah! And, I know if something triggers me as I'm scrolling, then I know I just shovel the food in even faster, and I don't even think about it.

Oh, I want to break this habit. And, I'm guessing some of you are probably with me on this. So, we're going to sit down. We're going to take that really deep breath, and we're going to really enjoy each bite. And, we're going to pause, and we're going to check in with ourselves. Do I want to keep eating or am I good? Like, this would be a radical thing for me to not just eat until everything's gone, but to actually check in with ourselves. So that's it. I love that idea, and many of you have jumped on board of this already, especially if you're eating with someone else, to commit to not having devices at the table, particularly dinner as making that a really sacred time to come together. So, continue doing that.

I'm really thinking about ... I think for a lot of us, the challenge is when we're sitting down by ourselves to eat that we're constantly trying to do other things. So, let's commit to, first of all, sitting down to eat, right? Starting there ... So, maybe not just eating on the go or eating while we're trying to do a thousand other things and really just sit down, give ourselves time to eat. We've earned the right to sit down and enjoy a meal, right? And again, do it without distractions. See how it feels. Do we get uncomfortable? Why are we getting uncomfortable? Just kind of sit with those feelings and explore those was for awhile. Hey, that's it. Choose a meal. Eat without distractions. Check in. Let us know how it goes.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. A huge thank you to Marzano Resources and Solution Tree for this job I get to do. And, a huge thank you to you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. Man oh man. Thank you. Thank you for being a part of this community. Thank you.

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