iHeart 7 Week Challenge: Week 2 | Conscious Eating
Well I was right about one thing, this part of the challenge was very interesting! I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, but conscious eating is incredibly difficult for me. I didn’t realize how ingrained my distracted eating habits had become. I really have to make a concerted effort to avoid doing other activities that distract me from the pleasure of meal.
On more than one occasion this past week I would take breakfast to my desk or jump on my phone at lunch without even thinking! I had to constantly remind myself to avoid these distractions. Once I managed to focus on simply eating I began to think a lot more about each bite. At each meal, I ate about half the amount I normally eat and I felt full. Needless to say, there were a lot of leftovers in the fridge this week!
So how did thinking about what I was eating affect my Internal Age? Well, it looks like I’ve still got some work to do, but here’s a couple snapshots from my week:
It is interesting to note that I did either reduce or maintain my Internal Age after consciously eating. The significant changes I saw occurred after a day of conscious eating in combination with a half an hour walk. These are both great habits I’m going to continue to work on forming.
Here’s this week’s challenge:
-Drink between four and six glasses of water daily
-Any liquids without too much sugar or artificial sweeteners can be used
-Coffee should be limited to two cups daily with the last cup no later than six hours before bedtime
-Tea should not be too strong
-In the morning, it would be helpful to drink hot water with freshly squeezed lemon
Doesn’t sound too hard, does it? It could be for some! I know some people that really dislike drinking water and it’s common for others to drink coffee all day long. Although the effect of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health is still an unresolved issue, this study points out that chronic coffee consumption has a detrimental effect on aortic stiffness.
Conscious eating is a tough one for me but I think drinking well will be bit easier. I typically carry around a 24 oz (~3 glasses) water bottle with me all the time, I don’t drink juice or soda and I rarely drink more than a cup of coffee and never daily. I’m interested to try the hot tea or water with lemon trick as I’ve read that drinking hot tea can reduce aortic stiffness.
I’m going to measure my readings at baseline, after morning tea or hot water with lemon and at the end of the day after I’ve had my 6 glasses of water and gone for my 30 minute walk. Stay tuned- I’ll report back next week. I still need work on my conscious eating too, wish me luck!
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