Have you ever felt like you were in a fog while you were eating?
You find yourself eating when you don’t really want to be, and you feel urges and cravings that seem so impossible to resist. Trying to take responsibility when I also felt so powerless in the face of food was a difficult thing to do.
I like using the garden metaphor to explain what’s going on here. You plant a seed in the soil, and then some time later, the seedling pops up. A whole bunch of biology and nature occurs deep down in the soil before that seedling ever emerges. We love to watch the garden grow, but we rarely think about what’s going on under the soil.
All of our eating behaviors – the overeating, binging, emotional eating, the fog eating – it’s like the plant we see on the surface. But it’s the stuff that’s going on deeper inside us, this is where everything really stems from.
Slow, mindful eating is perhaps the most important thing you can do if you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health. Some of the benefits of slow eating include helping you eat less, feel more satisfied, and get more enjoyment out of your food. And several studies show that faster eating leads to weight gain, as does eating while watching TV or playing games.
However, if you’re like many, it’s hard to slow down after a lifetime of fast eating. So instead of consciously trying to slow down with your meals, a better approach may be to make meals more of a pleasurable experience by eliminating some of the distractions.
But what about music? Well several studies have shown that music can be a powerful driver of behavior. For example, one study showed that when German music was playing in a wine shop, people bought more German wine. But when French music came on, they bought more French wine instead.
Other studies also show that when slower music is playing in...