I love to eat. In fact, order I love it so much I often blog about my eating experiences on the other HOT OR NOT blogs.
So it’s been a bit disheartening to have to curtail my eating habits due to pregnancy. Setting aside the foods that I’m now avoiding (soft cheese, cured meats etc), for the first time in my life I’m experiencing heartburn, indigestion and a general constant uneasiness in my digestive system. I know, I know, it’s temporary and it’s all for a good cause, but golly it sure is uncomfortable (especially around bed time).
Every time I drink water I feel like I’ve gulped down a litre of soft drink. I have to sit back and burp out all the gas slowly, sometimes getting Tim to wack me on the back like a baby.
Eating a mandarin, or too much of one thing, or being hungry, appears to tie up my stomach in knots.
It takes me 45 minutes to eat an omelette because I have to take super-small bites and have constant breaks.
I am incredibly flatulent.
There is an upside to all of this. I’m becoming more mindful about the way I eat. I can’t gobble food anymore, because eating large amounts of food quickly is a surefire route to a couple of hours of uncomfortable pressure on my stomach.
So I eat slowly. Have small portions. Put my cutlery down. Chew thoroughly. Appreciate the flavours, tastes and textures of the food. Take the time to look at my surroundings, and watch or read without chewing at the same time. Sip water slowly. Know when to stop.
And you know what? It makes me feel good to eat this way, both physically and mentally. I think it’s a habit I’m going to keep.