So, how do we feed ourselves when we’re alone, when there are no one else’s needs to take into consideration? To cook only for yourself is a healthy luxury that is great for your body and budget. Make the time. Appreciate your effort. You are worth it!
Tips for solo diners at home and in restaurants:
- Eat at regular times each day and eat slowly. Plan when you’ll eat. Take at least 15-20 minutes to eat.
- Be a mindful eater. Turn snack food into a meal by adding a protein and fruit or vegetable. Having chips? Add smashed beans to the salsa and have an orange on the side. Eat colorfully.
- Order smartly and read labels . You’re eating for one, but most single servings in restaurants are enough for at least two people. Eat half and take the rest home. Read labels at the store for the serving size. Leave high sodium and high fat items on the shelf.
- Enhance your eating experience with something you enjoy. Read a magazine or book, listen to music, or catch up on emails. Use the good plates. Light a candle or put flowers on the table.
- Don’t avoid social contact for all meals. Food is also part of life’s enjoyments. Look for opportunities to share a meal with a friend.