1. I learned how to eat mindfully.
And I actually lost weight because of it. If you haven’t traveled outside the US yet, spoiler alert: American-serving sizes are not universal. This means that portion sizes in other countries are often much smaller than you’d expect. Oh, and refills? Forget about it. While the transition took a little time to adjust to, it had a great, unintended consequence: weight loss. I was so used to mechanically inhaling my food (is there any other way to eat In-N-Out?) that I rarely ever had a moment to stop and savor it. Being mindful had never really occurred to me before I traveled through the UK. Now I tend to pay more attention to my food as I eat it. I eat slower, chew more thoroughly and, you know, taste what I’m eating. As a result, I feel much more content with less on my plate.