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Go-go-go and go some more! Do you ever feel like that’s all we do these days? We don’t have time for this and we don’t have time for that and it always seems like we eliminate the important things in our lives to make room for more of the unimportant tasks (like scrolling through your Facebook feed mindlessly). I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and have been trying to brainstorm ways I can really slow down and take in the life I’m living rather than just letting my life live itself on autopilot.
There’s a whole list of ways I plan to implement this in my own life, but because I’m a “one thing at a time” kind of a person, I want to really focus on slowing down during meal times. This is huge. A large majority of my memories from my childhood and young adulthood are from meal times. Either with my immediate or extended family. Some of the funniest stories and some of the most special moments were shared around a table during meal time. I want those same memories to form for Alea and I hope by implementing a slower, more intentional meal time we can do that for her.
one | Family Time:
Like I said before, family time is the number one reason I want to be more intentional with meal times and slow down more. I want to have conversations around the dinner table about Alea’s day at school and I want to have open conversations about the plans we have as a family of three. I want to really listen and really enjoy this time. It’s hard with Cory and I both working outside of the home and Alea at school and at daycare. These discussions don’t happen quite as often as I would like and I hope being slow and intentional about meal time will help!
two | Digestion:
It’s a proven fact. You won’t digest your food properly if you just shovel it into your mouth while barely chewing or tasting your food. Eating slower will in turn make you chew your food more and hopefully you’ll learn to take smaller bites to begin with. Chewing your food more will then increase your production of saliva which contains digestive enzymes to help you digest your food better once it gets to your stomach and your small intestine. The more you know!
three | Lessen Stress:
When you’re rushed to eat, like many of us are as we race through the drive-thru on our way to activities, drop offs, you name it. Eating slower and taking the time to really enjoy your food and the company of your friends and family will help to reduce the stress in your life– at least when it comes to meal times that is!
Another way you can focus more on slowing down during your meal times is to find a meal or meals that your family truly enjoys. I know Cory, Alea, and I all have very different palettes and very different favorites when it comes to meals. Alea is perfectly happy eating macaroni and cheese every other day of the week and I know Cory likes his meals hearty. I’m more adventurous and like to try new foods and more healthier options.
I’ve enlisted the help of LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE meals to assist with our very different tastes. Making sure we all have a meal we enjoy in front of us makes a world of difference in our meal time and since we need something easy after work and school– these are absolutely perfect! The new gluten-free, protein-packed, and organic variety options also help me make better decisions during our meal times together as well. Alea’s favorite is the: LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, of course, and it’s made with organic noodles and they’re all made with no preservatives!
You can make your meal times a little more inexpensive, too, with this Lean Cuisine coupon for $1 off 5 LEAN CUISINE®’s to use next time you’re shopping at Target. That’s where I bought our meals and they were only $2 each!
How are you taking the time to slow down in the new year?