I'm organizing an operation called stop & eat, effective immediately.
This mission was spurred by an incredibly overwhelming week. Everyday I was up between 5:30 and 6:15 AM, running to the gym, followed by the library, work, and/or Uni in one go. I had two Uni presentations, urgent deadlines, and an overflowing inbox, all whilst detoxing my kidneys. Perfect. My energy meridians were buzzing upside-down and sideways, multi-tasking without actually accomplishing much. Sensory overload.
The easiest way to re-channel my energy and focus was to fully "time out" during my meals. At lunch I shut down my laptop (difficult), turned off the music, and ensured my blackberry was on silent and out of sight. I designated 45-minutes to my lunch, and lunch alone. PS it was tasty and inspired by Miss Mamma Pea herself, whose book I'm expecting in the mail any day now.
Mini 'Meat' Loaf Muffins
Lightly adapted by Mamma Pea's Italian Style Muffin"Meat" Loafs
Yields 6 muffins
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce, jarred or homemade
- 1/4 cup flax seed, ground
- Two 14 oz cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1 t. minced garlic
- 1T. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 T. water
- 2 T. nutritional yeast
- 1/2 t. dried oregano
- 1 t. dried parsley
- 1/4 t. cracked black pepper
- 1 T. Organic feta cheese, to garnish
Serve with a simple spinach salad and sprinkle with organic feta cheese. A simple yet wholesome meal for lunch and or dinner. Note* must be enjoyed for 30-minutes or more ;)
I feel better now.
5 Reasons to Join Operation Stop & Eat
- Less Stress
Studies show that paying attention to our eating bring greater "mindfulness". In other words, rather than rushing through a meal, enjoy it.
- Better Digestion
The slower you eat, the more you'll chew, thus the happier your belly for proper digestion! Rushing and or overeating can lead to indigestion, bloating, cramping, heartburn..basically, nothing fun.
- Lose Weight
Eating too fast contributes to mindless weight gain. Studies prove that it's not only what you eat, but how you eat. Watching TV or reading while eating stops your brain from getting proper signals about the food.
- Rebel against being connected, all the time
Sometimes it feels good, and down right rebellious, to disconnect from both your tech gadgets and online channels. Try it!
- Truly enjoy your yummy food!
"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating" - Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti