Hi, I am Nataly and I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom!
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I take less time in the shower than my husband and can completely my entire morning routine in less than 12 minutes (yes, I’ve timed it and yes, this is from getting out of bed to being showered, make-uped, and dressed for the day).
NEVER rarely one of those people who hold up the line at the store while they look for their wallet or count out 95 cents in change… and you will laugh, but I put everything on the counter with the on top, so the cashier can scan things easier.
My breakfast is an incredibly boring combination of one or two things (tea or coffee, toasted English muffin with peanut butter, egg white omelet or Greek yogurt with berries) and I’ve figured out the optimal way to make it so that it’s ready in 2-3 minutes and consumed in about as much.
Before digging in to your next favorite meal, turn your attention to your plate. Notice how the food looks and how your body responds. Then take a bite, noticing the smell, texture, and taste. Pay attention to how it changes in your mouth when you chew it.
My first instinct was to skip reading the rest of the article and dismiss this advice as completely ridiculous for an insanely busy working mom like me. But as I thought about it, I realized that taking a few more minutes to eat my breakfast in the morning, to actually EAT it instead of wolfing it down, to enjoy these few minutes of me time vs. rush through every step making sure that I am doing it as fast as possible would not ruin my entire schedule. It most definitely would make me feel less frazzled and this would be a very good thing.
It’s been about a week since I read the article and I tried to slow down during my breakfast once, which is a big feat. It was a much more pleasant experience, you know, being able to actually taste the food and all, and when I returned to work I did feel more… grounded, I guess. Catching up on my blog browsing today I read a post on the GoodyBlog about potential health and weight-loss benefits of slow eating, which is exactly the type of stuff I need to be reading to stick with my mindful breakfast eating.
Do you rush around through your days or is there something you slow down for?
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