Are You a Distracted Diner?

By Young1s Latest Reply 2012-03-01 18:20:04 -0600
Started 2012-02-21 16:59:05 -0600

Eating on the run. Snacking at your desk. Noshing in front of the TV. Consuming too many meals and snacks in a state of distraction could hurt your weight-loss efforts. Take this quiz to dig a little deeper into your dining choices, and gain some insight on how to eat more mindfully.

Take this quiz to see how distracted you are:

41 replies

camerashy 2012-03-01 17:35:21 -0600 Report

Well, I just took the test, and I'm a focused foodie. There were a couple of questions I couldn't answer, because they didn't apply to me.

Young1s 2012-03-01 18:02:40 -0600 Report

I didn't even know that was an option. Didn't even try. I just answered to the closest to my situation. Maybe I should try that again.

Caroltoo 2012-02-29 20:24:36 -0600 Report

I am a focused foodie also. I like to eat with soft music, congenial conversation, and in a place specified for eating. Now for me, much of that happens at a table on the lanai, but the focus on food without distraction is still there.

camerashy 2012-03-01 17:36:29 -0600 Report

You're good. Lanai? hugs

Caroltoo 2012-03-01 18:13:44 -0600 Report

Hawaiian porch…the spot with a view of the lake (see my pictures). I took them from the lanai railing, so you see the view, but not the railing. That's where I like to eat when the wind isn't blowing rain on me.

Young1s 2012-02-29 21:16:00 -0600 Report

Was that always the case prior to the empty nest?

Caroltoo 2012-02-29 21:38:28 -0600 Report

Yes, it was. If Wayne was working evenings and Jeff and I were home, we ate together. Some evenings I'd be working also and Jeff had micromeals or leftovers, but when at least one adult was around, we ate together.

Work complicated the schedule tremendously. When Wayne and I married, he was on staff in a church and had purchased a 7-Eleven franchise. I took over the franchise, he added on Chaplain to the Fire Dept. Then we started our counseling practice and started doing weekend seminars. I purchased a second franchise and began to operate both, while also doing the financial paperwork for the counseling business and much of the group work with our sex abuse victims. It really was quite a juggling act and I did as much as I could from home so I could still be with Jeff.

Caroltoo 2012-03-01 14:50:55 -0600 Report

Thank you, Pat. It's mostly about setting goals and taking the steps to get where I want to be.

I grew up as a poor kid in a family with a love for formal education despite the fact that my dad didn't complete JH and my mom only did her freshman year of HS. I had their support and encouragement which meant a lot to me, but I knew whatever I wanted to do/be, I was going to have to do on my own. I'm very grateful to mentors I have met along the way who have triggered new thoughts, aspirations, and dreams that I might not have thought of without them.

I think this is why I trained as a teacher (JH through Jr. College in CA). I've never formally been in my own classroom, but I see teaching as the context through which I communicate with people. If I can help anyone to dream a dream or discover a solution, that is where I want to be and what I want to do. That's probably also why I spend so much time on d.c.

Nick1962 2012-02-28 10:31:05 -0600 Report

I come in as focused foodie, but it sure as heck wasn't always that way! New rules in my house - no food leaves the kitchen or dining room.

GabbyPA 2012-02-28 10:34:24 -0600 Report

Those are good rules!

Nick1962 2012-02-28 10:54:39 -0600 Report

Keeps the house cleaner too!

GabbyPA 2012-02-29 18:41:36 -0600 Report

Now there you have a great point. I hate to find the left over dish in my step daughters room. That can be scary!

Nick1962 2012-02-29 19:18:10 -0600 Report

Or cheese between the couch cushions! Found a ham sandwich in my step's backpack one fall after she threw it in her closet first day of summer break. No wonder the ants wouldn't leave her alone that summer.

GabbyPA 2012-02-29 19:20:05 -0600 Report

Ewwwww. At lest she keeps hers on her desk and does wash them at the end of the day, but I hate seeing milk in a glass on a desk for any length of time. Yuck.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-23 13:50:41 -0600 Report

I took the quiz and my results were balancing act. I am an avid reader, watch tv, on the computer and listen to the radio. In fact the radio is on most of the day until I turn on the tv.

If I am reading while eating, I put food on my plate, take it to the dinning room and eat. I rarely get seconds unless it is veggies or meat. When snacking and reading or watching tv or on the computer, I take the amount of snacks that I can have with me. I don't go an get more. I find that just before bed, I will grab something because I wake up in the middle of the night hungry. I am not one to get up, go down to the kitchen to get a snack. I have never done this. Takes too much time and effort.

Young1s 2012-02-23 14:18:35 -0600 Report

My seconds usually consist of veggies and meat as well but the snacks are where you and I differ. I'm a grazer so I like to nibble a lot between meals. That's why it was so hard for me when I was first diagnosed and couldn't eat any snacks. My levels were too high and it was a hard not to snack but I managed. Now, I'm back to my old way of snacking but I do it with healthier foods. Nuts, raw veggies or salads, Atkins or Fiber One bars, protein shakes, yogurt, and so on. Not all in one day of course.

pixsidust 2012-02-23 04:33:46 -0600 Report

I always eat as part of multitasking…I guess thats a bad habit!

Young1s 2012-02-23 12:46:24 -0600 Report

You'd think it was a good thing. I mean, I feel like I'm getting the most out of the day when I can squeeze in those mini tasks that sometimes build up into a task monster. Besides, given the schedules that the family has, our only real sit down family meal is Saturday brunch. Sounds kind of sad when I think about it though. Something needs to change.

flipmom 2012-02-22 01:25:00 -0600 Report

balancing act…

Young1s 2012-02-22 10:54:10 -0600 Report

Yes it is. Although I have to admit to failing to understand how my particular distractions are preventing me from losing weight.

flipmom 2012-02-22 11:49:21 -0600 Report

hi there… from what i understood, i dont pay attention to what im actually eating.. or eating more than i should because of multitasking… if i only sit down to enjoy every chew . i will probably feel that im full and wont eat more than i should.

GabbyPA 2012-02-21 17:43:59 -0600 Report

I am a Focused Foodie...Not exactly sure how that is right. But I do like to eat at the table and have the family there with just us. It doesn't happen as much as I would like, but it is always a goal. I do tend to get distracted at night when I watch TV. My meals are done, and the snacking boogie monster comes out. How come he is never satisfied?

Young1s 2012-02-21 20:23:53 -0600 Report

I wish I knew the answer to that one. I am yet to determine the optimal bedtime BG for me because the snacking boogie monster always comes calling. But at least now I answer with healthy snacks instead of junk.

Young1s 2012-02-21 17:01:36 -0600 Report

Found this on Sparkpeople today and thought I would share it with you all. I know I'm a distracted eater, with the TV being on in the background or doing other things that could wait, but I'm trying to do better.

jayabee52 2012-02-21 17:58:01 -0600 Report

I saw that too this morning. It is thought provoking. I took the quiz and came back with the "balancing act" designation.

Most meals I eat by myself at my computer playing spider solitaire or dominoes. I also have the TV on. Occasionally, perhaps once a month I am invited to eat with a friend in a resturaunt. And occasionally, also once a month or so, I am invited to my son's house for dinner. Both of those times I have some good conversation with my companions.

But now, the majority of my meals are very simple, and at my computer with the TV going beside it. I don't have an internet hookup in my apt and I am in the complex's computer room when I come on DC and eating is frowned upon in this room.

It will be interesting if "Q" comes to LV and we set up housekeeping together. How will that change my habits? I am sure it will. She has made it clear that she doesn't like to cook, and that means either resturaunts (many, many in LV) or I cook, which I am not averse to doing. I did it with my 1st wife (as a matter of convenience), and also with my bride Jem (because she could not see to cook) And I also cooked for some of my clients when I was a CNA doing home health.

Young1s 2012-02-21 20:37:26 -0600 Report

I guess with you doing the cooking it will ensure that you both are eating healthy but I bet if she got hungry enough she could whip something up. Question though, if this does happen for you two, how would that effect the way YOU are eating now? Because know you've worked on establishing a very set diet for yourself.

jayabee52 2012-02-21 21:25:06 -0600 Report

I find that I am historically a bit more relaxed about my meal plans when I am married or in a committed relationship.

Courting was the worst for me with Jem, cause even though she had diabetes, she was also a foodie. She liked to eat out and she ate some things I would not. Once we were married I had to cut back on meals out because our bank account couldn't take it. (that area is such an expensive area) I hated to do that but it was necessary. Instead of going out every week, we cut back to once or twice a month. Even then our combined budget would pinch. I was around 200 lbs when I was with her. But that was before I gave up bread and similar stuff. In fact I remember eating the bread they bring out to the tables. I ate it a lot. sometimes they'd have to bring out another basket of bread if we had more than just us 2 at the table. (I was such a pig)

So I would expect I might have to go back on insulin should that occur. Or cook a full meal and partake of only what I am able to have.

I plan to call Q tonight and perhaps I can find out what she likes to eat and take it from there. She has cerebal palsy and had had an accident where she had injured her spine, but as far as diabetes is concerned she doesn't have it. From her picture she doesn't seem that she has a problem with her weight either.

It is very interesting getting to know someone well enough to become a romantic partner. Interesting and frightening at the same time.

Young1s 2012-02-21 21:41:06 -0600 Report

It sure can be. I remember the day I met my husband like it was yesterday. Then I was in competition for his affections with another girl and well…the better woman won. But I had my concerns for about a minute or two.

I think it's a great idea to find out your new lady friend's food preferences.

jayabee52 2012-02-22 13:49:18 -0600 Report

spoke with her briefly last night but she had an early Dr appt. this AM and as she is 2 hrs ahead of me in central time zone she needed to get to bed. We didn't have time to do food preferences last night. Perhaps when I call her tonight, but since I am dealing with another person my agenda sometimes has to take a back seat.

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