6. Meals and Memories are Made Here - Sitting To Eat

Why is it important to sit while you eat?

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In this video we look the benefits of sitting while you’re eating. It’s an easy first step to mindful eating.

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In the next video, I’m going to talk about the perfect diet.

6. Meals and Memories are Made Here - Sitting To Eat - Transcript

When I think about my grandmother, I remember that she had this wonderful old-fashioned kitchen with a massive wooden dining table, all scarred up with age and the stains from the thousands of meals that she’d served on it over the years. Every time we visited her home, we’d be ushered to that table and we knew we were in for a treat. It could be a slice of cake and a cup of milky tea, some toast and jam, or if we were lucky one of her delicious home-cooked dinners.
I remember that when you went into her house through the front door, you walked into a carpeted hallway with old photos in picture frames along the wall to the left and a wooden staircase leading upstairs to the right. The carpet had a word patch right down the middle which led straight into that old kitchen. Hanging on the kitchen door, just below the glass panel, was a blue and white porcelain sign, the kind you see in old Dutch kitchens, which simply said, “Meals and Memories are Made Here”. The sign was right, I remember lots of meals and plenty of great memories in that kitchen, of those meals, and my smiling Gran with her frilly aprons. Those days seem so long ago now, but I still remember them very clearly.
We all live busy lives and it can sometimes seem difficult to take the time for enjoying our food. We’re so occupied with pursuing the things which seem ‘more important’ that we give a very low priority to one of the most important aspects of our lives, eating. We don’t prepare enough of our food, nor do we take the time in eating it, often hurrying it down as quickly as possible, before moving on to the next thing.
Sitting while you eat, even if it’s just for a snack, is an essential building block for establishing that mindful eating ritual that I spoke about in the previous section. Did you know that your digestive system functions much more efficiently when you’re relaxed and stress-free? Sitting to eat your food helps you to relax, to focus on the food, thereby aiding your digestive processes.
If you’re not used to sitting and being mindful in your eating, preferring instead to multi-task at mealtimes, it can be difficult for you in the beginning. So just sitting at a table to eat can be a very useful first step. Relaxation will come with practice. Eventually your body will get into the habit of automatically chilling-out whenever you sit to eat. Once you’ve become accustomed to being seated for all your meals, then you can start implement some of the other aspects of mindful eating.
What to Do
1. Have one place in your home which is purely reserved for eating, preferably at a table with upright chairs. If you’re stuck for space in your home, you can always buy a foldaway table and chairs.
2. Sitting to eat with other people will make for some of your fondest memories.