Have you ever thought about your relationship with time? That’s right – you have a relationship with time. Think about it for a minute; everything in your life revolves around time. You’re constantly scheduling things, running out of it, wish you had more or trying to stop it. You probably have a love/hate relationship with it; I sure do. If you don’t realize how your relationship with time impacts your health, it’s time to get educated.
Rushing Through Life
If you find yourself rushing more often than not, you’re actually negatively impacting your health. How? Well, if you’re always rushing, you’re probably not making healthy food choices. I bet you’re always reaching for quick and easy foods; in other words, junk. Am I right? You’re not leaving yourself a lot of room to make health choices if you’re always running around like a chicken with your head cut off. This is where meal planning comes into play. It helps you plan ahead so you’re better equipped to make healthy choices.
Rushing Through Meals
Rushing through your meals also has a negative impact on your health because you tend to eat more than you actually need. It takes 20 minutes for digestion to kick in and send the signal that you’re full. How fast do you eat? I bet you’ve never even timed a meal…I know I hadn’t done it before. But, I’ve noticed a huge difference in how much I eat, especially at dinner, when I time myself. If you time yourself and find that it only takes you 8-10 minutes to eat a meal, that’s ok. All you need to do is stretch it out a little longer the next time. Don’t try to go full on 20 minutes at once because it’ll drive you crazy. Ease into it and you’ll be amazed at what you learn.
Creating Added Stress
Cramming your days full of stuff creates more stress on your body. Added stress can often cause binge eating and it increases the production of cortisol. Increased stress and cortisol produce….wait for it….excess belly fat. This type of fat is harder to lose (trust me, I know) and may cause you to give up on your weight loss goals entirely. Ya know, that whole instant gratification thing. Your body doesn’t know the difference between being chased by a bear stress or work stress. To your body, all stress is created equal. What happens when you’re really stressed out? Digestion stops. Yep, you read that right. It stops. Think about it – your body isn’t worried about digesting your lunch when it thinks it needs to prepare to run from a bear. In reality, if you were face to face with a bear, you wouldn’t be worried about your lunch either.
Pitstop in Lazytown
How many times have you decided that you’re going to have a lazy day? Just veg out in front of the TV watching Netflix, munching on whatever you wanted to? It’s ok…we all have those days. But, it’s when you get stuck in that mode that it hurts your health. Snacking on junk can be somewhat cathartic but only in moderation. Sometimes it just feels good to eat a slice of cheesecake or whatever. Be sure to keep it moving, though. Don’t unpack and live in Lazytown. Stop in and visit on your way through but do not take up residence.
I bet you won’t look at time the same way again, will you? It’s time to sit back and take stock of all the happenings in your life to see where adjustments can be made. Don’t know where to start? Start by making a list of what a typical day looks like and see where you can trim the fat. Start keeping track of how long things take you so you can see if you’re being as productive as possible. Improving your relationship with time can improve your health and your entire life.