Why You Need To Eat Alone Sometimes

April 5, 2017  |  
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No matter where you’re from, what your religion is or what sort of culture you grew up in, you’ve probably always experienced eating as a social activity. At work, everyone gets their lunch break around the same time, encouraging communal eating in the break room. Major holidays revolve around meals, with an entire phone tree communicating for days before the actual event, coordinating who is bringing what. It’s hard not to think of food and friends and family, but if you are trying to achieve certain weight or health goals, you may want to consider dining solo—at least for some of your meals. Having people around affects your mindset significantly, which affects how you eat. Here are some of the benefits of eating alone.

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You are more conscious of what you eat

Here’s a big one! You aren’t so distracted by conversation that you shovel food into your mouth without thinking. Having to actively listen, and formulate responses, distracts you from being aware of when you are full.

 

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