Monday Meal Inspiration- Slow Down!

This Week’s Meal Inspiration for October 4th-10th, 2021

The idea of slowing down may seem counterintuitive. Today’s mantra is “do more in less time.” Ever noticed the number of productivity apps available on most app stores? I have. I’m prone to cramming too much into my days and being susceptible to the latest get more done gadget. There is a myth that more hours mean more productivity. However, there’s a dirty little secret- it’s all a lie!

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, dispels the myth that the harder you work, the better the outcome. In contrast, he explains that “Deliberate rest,” or rest with purpose, is truly the key to productivity and will give us more energy, better ideas, and life satisfaction.

“Rest is NOT something that the world gives us. It’s never been a gift. It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else. If you want rest, you have to take it. You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.”

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

The human body and mind are designed for rest. Slowing down, according to Marc David, founder of the Psychology of Eating and author of the book, “The Slow Down Diet”, boosts our metabolism. By doing so, we accomplish more, become healthier, and have more energy. Furthermore, Marc David claims that we lose weight and look lean during the process. The truth is that when we slow down, we are more creative, inspired, and fulfilled. Sounds good, right?

Cooking and eating healthy food is only a piece of the puzzle. We also need to look at nutrition with new lenses. Marc David, in the “Slow Down Diet,” shares four common myths we need to leave behind.

Myth #1: Eating less and exercising more is the best way to lose weight. He explains, it sounds correct but is incomplete. Underfeeding and over-exercising our bodies can slow down our metabolism. True nourishment comes with joyful movement and relaxed meals.

Myth #2: You eat too much because you lack willpower. It’s not that we’re weak, but that we’re physiologically driven to because we don’t take time to relax, enjoy our meals, practice mindfulness and enjoy quality food.

Myth #3: If you eat the right foods in the right amount, you’ll be in good health and lose weight. Marc David explains it is not just what you eat but how you eat it. When we eat in an anxious, rushed state of mind, our bodies burn fewer calories and don’t absorb the nutrients in our foods like they would if we were relaxed.

Myth #4: Experts know best about nutrition and provide the most accurate information. Unfortunately, experts often disagree. Marc explains, “In actual fact, the most definitive nutrition expertise is literally found inside you.” He explains it is your enteric nervous system or ENS, which is your brain in your belly. When we learn to listen to the ENS, we are able to choose what experts to follow “outside of you.”

Enjoy the colorful meals I share this week for inspiration or don’t. But do take time to slow down! It gives your brain time to register you’re full and may increase your metabolism. Where can you make changes this week to find rest and slow down? Can you leave your desk at work and eat your meal in a break room or outside? Can you make dinner and eat outside on your patio? Can you put your fork down between bites and really taste your food? Take a long deep breath and slowly exhale before you eat your food this week. Allow your body to settle down before you pick up your fork. Then, let me know how slowing down went this week.

All of this week’s recipes include hyperlinks to recipes I found around the internet.

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Note: We’ve provided these recipes and menu information for educational and inspirational purposes. Remember, we’re therapists and coaches, not doctors or registered dieticians! You should follow the advice of your healthcare provider or dietician.