• mahabis guide // reclaiming meal times

 

All too often we rush through eating, grabbing a breakfast bar during the morning commute, eating lunch at our desks and ignoring the dinner table in favour of consuming our evening meal in front of the television. In keeping with a slow living lifestyle, it’s time to reclaim our meal times and rediscover eating as a way of enjoying downtime.

 

breakfast // mahabis journal

 

Rather than rushing, meals should be savoured and slowed down. Never mind the physical health benefits of eating slower and taking more time to consider the food that you are putting on your plate – we’re more concerned with enjoying meal times as a form of relaxation.

Dining should be a social occasion, no matter the size of the meal. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a slice of cake in a local café or hosting a dinner party, eating has the power to bring people together and to incite conversation. You always make time to eat at least three times a day, why not allow yourself more time to actually appreciate the experience?

 

mahabis guide // reclaiming meal times

 

Start things off slowly with breakfast. Rather than snoozing your alarm clock until the last possible moment and eating on the go, train yourself into rising earlier each day so that you don’t have to rush out of the house in the morning. Pull together a simple breakfast for your household and sit down to eat together before you leave the house. Taking this time to slowly wake up whilst enjoying light conversation will put you in a much better mood for the day ahead.

 

mahabis guide // reclaiming meal times

 

Why not take lunch away from your desk - sit and eat in a communal area with other members of your team, or take a walk to a local eatery. We ought to remember it’s called a lunch break, and so we should resist the temptation to check our emails whilst eating.  

Mid-afternoon, it's often easy to be tempted to pop open a bag of crisps at your desk. Instead, take a lesson from the Swedes and allow yourself a short break for fika. Nip to the closest coffee shop or even just catch a five minute break with a colleague in the kitchen over a steaming cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun.

Rather than searching Deliveroo when you arrive home in the evening, it can be equally, if not more enjoyable, to pull together a meal that you can share with a partner, family or friends. Sit up to the table and turn off the TV so that you can focus on the food in front of you and the conversation with your peers. Savouring each course and appreciating the food as much as the company makes the moment all the more enjoyable.

 

salad // mahabis journal

 

It isn’t all about learning to let go of modern distractions and concentrating on company. You can still enjoy your meal times if you dine solo. Many of us automatically turn on the television as a distraction when dining solo. If you must have entertainment, why not try listening to the radio as an alternative, so that you can at least look at your plate whilst you eat. Otherwise, simply relish the experience, paying more attention to the flavours and textures of your meal than you would usually.

Linger over meals, allowing your food to settle before leaping up to take care of the washing up. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee at the table after dinner, extending the experience. Think of meal times as a highlight of your day, when you can forget about the stresses of work and fully unwind.

 

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mahabis guide // reclaiming meal times

 

All too often we rush through eating, grabbing a breakfast bar during the morning commute, eating lunch at our desks and ignoring the dinner table in favour of consuming our evening meal in front of the television. In keeping with a slow living lifestyle, it’s time to reclaim our meal times and rediscover eating as a way of enjoying downtime.

 

breakfast // mahabis journal

 

Rather than rushing, meals should be savoured and slowed down. Never mind the physical health benefits of eating slower and taking more time to consider the food that you are putting on your plate – we’re more concerned with enjoying meal times as a form of relaxation.

Dining should be a social occasion, no matter the size of the meal. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a slice of cake in a local café or hosting a dinner party, eating has the power to bring people together and to incite conversation. You always make time to eat at least three times a day, why not allow yourself more time to actually appreciate the experience?

 

mahabis guide // reclaiming meal times

 

Start things off slowly with breakfast. Rather than snoozing your alarm clock until the last possible moment and eating on the go, train yourself into rising earlier each day so that you don’t have to rush out of the house in the morning. Pull together a simple breakfast for your household and sit down to eat together before you leave the house. Taking this time to slowly wake up whilst enjoying light conversation will put you in a much better mood for the day ahead.

 

mahabis guide // reclaiming meal times

 

Why not take lunch away from your desk - sit and eat in a communal area with other members of your team, or take a walk to a local eatery. We ought to remember it’s called a lunch break, and so we should resist the temptation to check our emails whilst eating.  

Mid-afternoon, it's often easy to be tempted to pop open a bag of crisps at your desk. Instead, take a lesson from the Swedes and allow yourself a short break for fika. Nip to the closest coffee shop or even just catch a five minute break with a colleague in the kitchen over a steaming cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun.

Rather than searching Deliveroo when you arrive home in the evening, it can be equally, if not more enjoyable, to pull together a meal that you can share with a partner, family or friends. Sit up to the table and turn off the TV so that you can focus on the food in front of you and the conversation with your peers. Savouring each course and appreciating the food as much as the company makes the moment all the more enjoyable.

 

salad // mahabis journal

 

It isn’t all about learning to let go of modern distractions and concentrating on company. You can still enjoy your meal times if you dine solo. Many of us automatically turn on the television as a distraction when dining solo. If you must have entertainment, why not try listening to the radio as an alternative, so that you can at least look at your plate whilst you eat. Otherwise, simply relish the experience, paying more attention to the flavours and textures of your meal than you would usually.

Linger over meals, allowing your food to settle before leaping up to take care of the washing up. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee at the table after dinner, extending the experience. Think of meal times as a highlight of your day, when you can forget about the stresses of work and fully unwind.

 

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share it via our ready-to-go tweet link

photos: via unsplash, pexels jay mantri
 
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