Has multi-tasking always been a part of our lives? It seems to me that the more “conveniences” we have the more we try to accomplish all at one time. I can remember my mother having certain days to complete certain tasks. Laundry was done on Thursdays … no ifs, ands, or buts about it. There was no “throwing a pair of jeans in the washer” because you wanted to wear them the next day, mostly because we had a wringer washer and a clothesline instead of a dryer. (Boy I am dating myself here) Groceries were done on Fridays and baking was done on Saturdays … I’m sure you get the picture. And, my mother was a working mom.
I know that my lunch hours at work are often not so much about getting a real lunch as they are about getting a few errands done … a trip to library to pick up a book, or running into the bank. I have often resorted to eating lunch in the car on the way back to the office. Not only is this a dangerous driving habit, but as it turns out, it is a dangerous eating habit too.
A recent study at Cornell University suggest that women who stop puttering and truly focus on what they’re eating – even if they down their meal in only five minutes – cut their calorie intake by 22%.
Concentrating on the taste and texture of food helps your brain’s satiety center closely monitor how full you are getting, so it send “STOP EATING” signals sooner.