Where do you eat? Do you eat in front of the television, in your car or walking down the street? Do you have a regular place at home that is specifically for eating and sharing meals? If not, you should.
In my book Table For One, I emphasize the importance of setting a proper table, turning off the television and sitting down to enjoy your meal. A meal is much more than refueling; it’s a time for reflection, enjoyment, relaxation and sharing. All of what I just mentioned are chemical reactions in your body which help promote digestion, satiety and euphoria. A glass of wine added to the mix makes it even better.
In today’s society, the food industry is trying to sell you large portions of food everywhere you go. Look around the next time you pay for something, anything. You could be buying condoms at the drug counter and within easy reach will be some processed food – probably a bag of chips or a candy bar. The temptation happens many times a day. If you are one of the millions that give in to this temptation then you should consider this advice. By the way, if there weren’t millions the food industry wouldn’t bother. Clearly, there is a big business in selling you processed food (and lots of it) at every turn.
If you do not already have a dining table at home you should create one. It doesn’t really matter what it is or even where. I had a friend that had a bathtub in his kitchen and would put a piece of plywood over the tub when it was time to eat. The important part is that you make a dedicated, comfortable and accessible place to sit for you and whomever might be dining with you. Make a little room for some flowers, cover it with a table cloth if you have one (a nice towel will do) and SIT. Don’t slouch or balance your plate on a knee. Here is the important part: eat there. Don’t just eat there once or twice but make it a hard and fast rule that this is the only place you will eat. If you are having a quick lunch of leftovers or a piece of fruit for breakfast: sit at your table and enjoy it.
Make other places consciously off limits for food. Don’t eat in your car, while walking, in parking lots, in front of the television or ever while standing. I try not to eat at cocktail parties unless there will not be any other option for several hours. This all sounds completely crazy, but your health, your weight and your well being depend on making changes like these. Admit it, they are baby steps. Try it for a few months and let me hear the difference. Not just in the weight or how you feel physically, but also how you feel mentally.
In fear of sounding like somebody’s mom today, I decided to share with you something your mom never would. Here is the classic Margarita that you should sit down tonight and enjoy. After all, the whole idea is to feel good and enjoy your life. What better way than with a little tequila.
makes 2 +
- 3 Shots Tequila
- 1 1/2 Shot Triple Sec
- 1 Shot Grand Marnier
- 2-3 Limes
- 1/4 Cup Simple Syrup
- Hand Juicer
- Cocktail Shaker
- Make some simple syrup by melting two tablespoons of sugar in 1/2 cup of water over medium flame. Turn off and let cool.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add tequila, triple sec, grand marnier and 1/4 cup simple syrup.
- Squeeze two to three limes, depending how juicy they are. I love to use the hand juicer that looks like an overgrown garlic press. They are cheap and extremely efficient.
- Shake until foamy.
- Pour into a glass with plenty of ice, rimmed with salt.
- Float a little extra Grand Marnier on top. Garnish with a lime slice.
- Sit down outside (did I mention that you should also have a table outside for al fresco dining) and enjoy the evening.