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As someone stuck in the continuous cycle of going to school, participating in extracurricular activities, and constantly doing homework for upcoming assessments, it would be disingenuous to say that no multitasking happened during this schedule that I call my daily routine.

Everyone has the same number of hours per day and the average human being eats around two to three meals per day. But, since everyone is different in terms of age and schedule, multitasking affects everyone’s eating habits differently.

For me, multitasking usually means changing the way I consume my meals, whether it’s studying, watching TV, or even skipping meals just because there are other tasks that are more important on my scale of priorities.

We can lose weight, but also make more informed decisions about how much and what kind of food we eat. »

Aside from the fact that it’s not the most efficient method of getting things done, it gets the job done despite being unhealthy. But what I never really thought about was how much it would affect my eating habits.

For example, I get up an hour before school to brush my teeth, take a shower, finish my homework and study last minute before leaving. This often meant one of four options; 1) take a bite of my breakfast 2) drink a drink 3) completely skip eating.

Over time this started to cause more problems instead of solving them. My stomach rumbled during class and I became anxious when finishing my homework or taking assessments.

One method I’ve used recently that has allowed me to finish my homework while eating is an approach some people may know as meal planning, which is planning your meals at advance.

Luckily for me, it doesn’t take much to keep me full for a long time.

There are other tasks that are more important on my scale of priorities. ”

Oatmeal can be made overnight and stored in the refrigerator, and an omelette takes about 2-5 minutes to cook. Within minutes of my morning, I am more educated and satisfied with this technique.

However, there are days when I forget to do this, which leads me to eat something on the run or consume my breakfast quickly, leaving me bloated and unhappy. But what I’ve found is that the reason people get bloated is because they’re consuming so much air at such a rapid rate, causing them to bloat and fill with gas, similar to that of ‘a ball.

According to Northwestern Medicine, by practicing “mindful eating” we can lose weight, but also make more informed decisions about how much and what kind of food we eat.

Examples of mindful eating include chewing your food at a steady pace and avoiding distractions such as technology. By doing this, you are not only able to properly digest the food you eat, but you can also prevent your brain from overloading itself with too many tasks at once.

According to the Health Cleveland Clinic, when we multitask, like eating while watching TV, we now focus on the screen, not the food. When we do this, it confuses our brain and prevents us from fully understanding when we are full and leads us to overeat by taking more snack breaks throughout the day.

Although it can be difficult to give our full attention to every little task we do every day, if we paid a little more attention to our eating habits, we would be better off.