Brunch is a favorite meal of mine. The pace is slow, the company is almost always people you love spending time with, and it’s about enjoying the moment. Which is why more meals should be like brunch.
In North America meals have such a fast pace! I hear you, “Stevie! I only have 30 minutes for lunch! How can I stretch that into a brunch situation!?” MY RESPONSE: time is relative.
If you savor the moments you have with joy, 30 minutes can feel so satisfying, while an hour being stressed about your lack of time can feel like a nightmare! So make the most of what meal time you do have, and before you know it every meal can start to feel like brunch (or a mini brunch at the very least).
Here are five ways to start treating more evening meals, lunches, and every day breakfasts more like a Sunday brunch.
- SAVOR THE MOMENT – instead of flipping through your iPhone between bites, actually be. in. the. moment! How does it taste, have you eaten this before, if so when? Where? What does it remind you of? What is your environment like? Even if you only get 30 minutes for lunch, you can make that 30 minutes feel like a refreshing time of enjoyment if you savor the moment.
- MAKE IT AN EXPERIENCE – eat outside if you always eat inside, try a new restaurant, get dressed up for the meal, order something you’ve been wanting to try, come to the meal with a new idea or topic you’ve heard about, make it interesting. You’re trading moments of your LIFE for this meal, so make it worthy of your time!
- TASTE YOUR FOOD – Think about what you’re eating. How does it make you feel? How does it really taste? If you’ve ordered or made something special that’s like treat for you, then take the time to fully be in the moment. This will also help you feel more full and satisfied once you’ve finished.
- CHOOSE YOUR COMPANY – Typically people don’t think, “I can’t wait to go to brunch on Sunday with people I can’t stand!” So don’t eat other meals with people you don’t like either! If you eat in a lunch room but you don’t enjoy the company of your coworkers move to a different spot! You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, make. it. count!
- GRATITUDE – You have food to eat. This is something to be so grateful for. Whether you made it at home, ordered it in a restaurant, went to a friend’s home for dinner, the point is; you have an opportunity to nourish you body. You can start doing that even before the food hits your palette by choosing to be grateful for having food. Gratitude for everything it’s doing to keep your body moving, growing, learning, adapting, stable, happy, healthy!
So next time you sit down to break bread remember to make it an experience. You’re engaging in a life renewing activity of restoration and wellness – treat it as such.