Tour de bagel and 7 steps of mindful eating.

Off to the Tour de Bagel this morning!  I had a protein drink and we biked it out on the roads to Panera instead of the path.  Really set a nice pace today, too.

I was ready for that bagel today!  Asiago cheese.  Num.

We chatted for quite a long time.  It was nice not having to grocery shop  afterwards like we normally do on Sunday.  Then we pushed it again on the way home.

Ride distance: 16 miles

Avg speed:  13.5 mph.  Nice pace.  On the rough path, we are usually about 1 mph slower.

Had the Tour on while I got settled in to work today (job #1 very busy today).  Poor Lance.  Not the way to end his comeback for the Tour.  My thighs were burning in sympathy for those guys at the end on the climbs.  I don’t know how they do it.

Guess the heat relief was short lived.  Hot again today, but maybe not as humid.

Lunch break!

Made some egg salad on a Tomaxico wheat wrap.  These are good and have a better texture than the Smart Carb wraps.

I haven’t weighed myself since July 1.  I go through periods where I weighed every day and then periods where I would weigh once a week.  I did it to note the number, but the fluctuations stopped bothering me a while ago.  It has now been 10 days since I stepped on the scale.  I actually don’t really think about it that much as of yet, although I was a little curious after the 100-mile ride as to what the scale said.  It’s funny how yesterday morning I was feeling thin and fit and I thought that maybe because I was only relying on my eye and not a scale number?  Then last night I was feeling chubby, so maybe not LOL!  My brain is so weird.

My barista is back, so he made me a latte today and I had some blues with it.

I just love the color of these berries.  I am smitten.  They are almost gone now.  Might have to pick again on Friday 😀

More review of Savor includes the 7 practices of a mindful eater:

  1. Honor the food. Meaning to think about where it came from. I am taking time to think about this before each meal
  2. Engage all senses.  Notice the visual appeal, the textures, the smell, etc., not just taste.
  3. Serve in modest portions.  You can always go back for more.
  4. Savor small bites and chew thoroughly.  I could do better with smaller bites.
  5. Eat slowly.  Really need to work on this one.
  6. Don’t skip meals.  Never, ever a problem here.
  7. Eat a plant-based diet.  Vegetarianism is not for me.  I do have days where I don’t eat meat, but not going to happen all together.  Eating locally produced meat is important to me.  I want to be an ethical eater.

That is one thing that is bugging me about this book.  The pushing of vegetarian and vegan way of life.  There seems to be no distinction of purchasing local farm meat products and factory farming.  Otherwise, I am learning some good things from this book.

In keeping with being mindful, remember how I mentioned my habit of snacking while preparing meals?  I decided to really try to not do that today.  Lunch is always easier than dinner, and I had no problem there.  With dinner, I had Altoids come to my rescue:

I put one of these in my mouth while I was in the kitchen to keep from nibbling.  I don’t even want to nibble on what will be on my plate because I want to get rid of that habit all together.  The ginger mint (I really love these, btw) really helped me with that.  Then it was gone and I almost reached for something on John’s plate and had to catch myself.  A lot of habit energy to divert, that is for sure.

What I did eat:

BBQ shrimp!  3 oz of shrimp looks a little dinky on the plate.  My eyes don’t like that portion size.  Really tasty, though!

I am done with job #1 today – yay!  Going to relax and enjoy a couple mindful pieces of this:

Question:  Are you a fast or slow eater?

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25 thoughts on “Tour de bagel and 7 steps of mindful eating.

  1. cammy@tippytoediet

    My eating pace usually depends on the meal. Post-workout, I have to remind myself to chew. Cold suppers (tuna salad, carrots, celery , etc) are usually eaten very slowly. More nibbling than dining.

    I had a similar quibble with “Savor”. It bordered on preachy, here and there, although I think they were going for a more even tone.
    .-= cammy@tippytoediet´s last blog ..Persistence Can Be Brutal =-.

  2. Kimberley

    I am a slow eater. Sometimes I even put the plate down and forget that I am eating.

    I am also not a nibbler when I am cooking. I never taste the food until it is on my plate. No reason why, I just don’t.

    I had some lovely blueberries at spa night on Friday…tasty little things aren’t they?
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..My Week Update 27 and Week 28 Goals =-.

  3. Desert Agave

    I was a vegetarian and then a pescatarian for over ten years. I started eating meat as a part of this weight loss endeavor. Don’t think I’ll ever go back, though I would like to look into local sources for the meat I eat.

    I’m a fast eater I’m afraid. Definitely something to work on.
    .-= Desert Agave´s last blog ..Not My Best Moment =-.

  4. Jo

    I am a slow eater, but I have a bad habit of piling up my plate. This is a result of being the youngest in my family and knowing that older (male) family members would finish off everything unless I guarded it with my life!
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..Livening up a stir fry =-.

  5. Shelley B

    I’m a slow eater and my husband is a fast eater…used to make me so mad when we’d eat out, he’d be finished and I’d still be eating my meal and the waiter would ask if we were ready for dessert – grrr!

    Re your mint trick – I chew gum when I’m preparing something that I don’t want to taste (like cookies…mmm, raw cookie dough).
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Friday Mishmash – Fashion Friday Frump Edition =-.

  6. Jo

    I am actually a slow eater, but my mom really struggles with being the time to gobble things down. I keep encouraging her to not let herself become too hungry so she is able to slow down. I also read that you should try eating with your non-dominant hand–if you’re righty, use our left and vice versa. I may try this trick with desserts at restaurants cause who doesn’t want to inhale those? Hehe 🙂

    Also, I made your palak chole recipe tonight. It was so good! There’s something to savor! 🙂
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..Is Meat an Innocent Bystander to Your Bypass =-.

  7. John

    Both actually. Some meals I inhale my food like someone’s going to come along and steal it on me. Other meals I am slow and enjoy every bite.

  8. Miz

    funny we were on the same wavelength yesterday!
    this may be today?
    regardless 🙂
    save wavelength.

    I swing wildly from fast to slow.
    from reading mags while i eat to relishing my food beyond compare

    I really am a misfit in more ways than one—but for now it works for me 🙂
    .-= Miz´s last blog ..Mindful eating Tornado guest post =-.

  9. Alissa

    I find that when I am eating with others who eat quickly, I pick up my pace and I have to tell myself to slow down. I eat faster than I should, but it’s something I am constantly working on. I love the tips on mindful eating. They make food seem like so much more than food- like an experience rather than just something to shove in the mouth.
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..A New Me- Identity Change =-.

  10. Joanne

    It has been so long since I had an Asiago bagel. Asiago cheese is so tasty. It has such a unique flavor.

    My favorite Altoids are the Dark Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon. I ordered a whole 6 pack from Amazon. Adictive.

    I’m a fast eater to the point of inhaling my food. I’m always finished first and usually have the most on my plate. 🙁
    I’ve tried counting to chew my food long, I’ve tried putting my fork down in between bites… it works for one meal then I forget and down everything on and around my plate in record speed. Terrible. 🙁
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..CNYEats A Taste of Utica Parmesan-Cheddar Brioches =-.

  11. Jody - Fit at 52

    Those BB are beautiful! I want some! 🙂

    Like you, not going vegetarian but I do eat minii meals & try to be mindful & eat slowly althouhg that does not always happen! Not prob with not skipping a meal either! 🙂

    I like the cinnamon altoids!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Out of the Comfort Zone- =-.

  12. Andra

    I think you are doing pretty well at eating a plant-based diet. Your meat portions are always modest, like side dishes to plates filled with veggies and all the lovely fruit snacks you enjoy. I will never give up meat, but we’ve been working toward less meat, better meat.

    I eat way too fast, but I’m working on it each and every meal.
    .-= Andra´s last blog ..Why Juice- Why Fast =-.

  13. Sandi

    I eat much slower than I used to. It is very helpful in controlling how much you eat. Last night we went to a friends house for dinner. They had authentic mexican food which was soooo good. I only had small servings on my plate and I ate it very slow. Everyone else went back for seconds and thirds. I don’t think anyone noticed that I didn’t because I was still eating 🙂
    .-= Sandi´s last blog ..Learning to trust yourself =-.

  14. Fran

    I eat to fast except when I’m out for dinner with friends: I talk too much 😆
    Need to work on that too.

    I saw a bit of the Tour yesterday, stupid French people who “hate” Lance so much. Never been fond of the French, they’re not nice (not even to tourists who bring them their hard earned money).

  15. Susan

    Ooohhh, I feel bad for Lance too. I’m not rooting for him much this year (Schelck for the yellow or polka dot and Cavendish for the green!!) but that’s got to be a huge disappointment. Actually, at this point, I think I’ll just be happy if that douchebag Contador doesn’t win 😛
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..A Blogging Fiesta =-.

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