When I was little, I played outside until the sun went down. We were forced to come in for lunch and dinner. We didn't want to take the time to eat! It was more like a chore. I believe we should view eating as a chore. Something we have to do for nutrition, but not as a hobby (which is what it has been for me for awhile now).
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My kids are young but whenever I can get them to help out I do...even if it means that it will take me longer or it won't be done perfectly. My kids are 4 years and 18 months. They help with the dishes, so while I empty the dishwasher of its plates and glasses, after removing the sharp knives, they will put away the spoons, forks and other utensils. I let my 4 year old daughter put face clothes in a stack, or put away underwear. Whenever they can help out they just love it and participate.
You need kids and some chores... :))
Chewing gum instead of reaching for a food hug, helps me stay on track with my nutrition goals. When I have to work late or do un-fun chores at home like taxes, I have to force my self to sit and focus instead of snacking. I am always looking for some food to soften the boredom. I'm not hungry, just looking for a way out of my chore. Popping some chewing gum does two things: helps me stay away from the snacks and it helps me focus!
A chore is only a "chore" when you let you brain think of it in a negative way. I now see chores as opportunitis to burn caloris...it's mind over matter. So, go rake the leaves and reward yourslf with a crisp juicy apple!
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