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GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,234
2/12/13 10:02 P

Depending on what I'm eating, it can be 15-30 minutes. The longest meal for me (I'm pescatarian, which is vegetarian plus fish/seafood) is a big salad, which has tons of greens & lots of other things: beets, chickpeas, raisins or dried cranberries, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomatoes if in season, possibly peas, maybe sunflower seeds &/or walnuts. And when I'm talkin' a big salad, it's a BIG salad, & definitely takes me a good 30 minutes to eat!

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2/12/13 9:47 P

around 20 mins...put your utensil down between every bite, take a drink between bites. and chew eat bite properly

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2/12/13 9:31 P

Wow, thank you for all the responses!

If I make something that is all-around easy to eat, I have to make myself slow down, but I was surprised today when I noticed how long it took me to eat. (I don't actually go to lunch from work, I just sit at my desk)

@DieticianBecky I am not on the 6wbm any more, it was WAY too restrictive for me...I DID learn a lot about how to eat, but its a very strict eat every 2-3 hours. Maybe that is why the 30 minute limit...I'm not sure.

I have been off track for a couple of months and trying to get myself moving again.

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WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/12/13 7:45 P

Im a slow eater, I take my time and enjoy my food. Ive been told that it takes your brain about 20 minutes to realize its full, so I would think the longer it takes you to eat the less likely you are to overindulge yourself. Im no doctor but eating slower has helped with my portion contol.

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2/12/13 5:29 P

I am not familiar with the 6 week body makeover, but....
The advice to have a meal completed in 30 minutes or less is inaccurate information; and not based on research evidence. I wonder if there is any other mis-information in the program???

SP Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 2/12/2013 (17:30)
NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/12/13 3:22 P

Eating slowly is usually considered a much healthier way to eat. I have had my gallbladder removed also and while my digestive system is a bit wonky as a result, I regularly remind myself to SLOW DOWN when I eat. The slower you eat, the easier it is to digest your food. Especially when you chew it well (which it sounds like you are making an effort to do).

I live in a country where it is believed that drinking water when eating (and for a few hours afterwards) is bad because it waters down your stomach acid therefore making it harder to digest food; but in the US people routinely drink huge amounts of water when they eat. So who knows. There are all kinds of conflicting ideas about how we're supposed to do this most basic of bodily functions!

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2/12/13 1:44 P

I've heard to eat slower so your body can register how much you are putting it. It takes 20 min for your body to register it is full. I've known friends who scarf down food and are still starving (even if it is a huge dinner plate).

I thought steaming veggies released more nutrients.

But I think you should ask a dietitian or nutritionist. They should give you a better idea on eating time limits.

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2/12/13 1:43 P

I have never heard of eating too slowly. I have heard of eating too fast from which I am trying to recover.

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2/12/13 1:42 P

I'm no doctor, but it seems to me that how long you eat shouldn't affect your gallbladder. Unless you were also eating at night, while sleeping, your gallbladder most assuredly would be "resting" then.

Organs don't need "rest" that I know of, not unless there is a serious digestive issue, in which case you'll be under a doctor's immediate care.

Even googling it brought nothing up, so I think you misheard something, or misunderstood something you read. Gallbladder issues are not caused by taking too long to eat.

Here's the longest list of causes I was able to find:

Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease
Low stomach acid
Food Sensitivities or Allergies
Rapid weight loss
Estrogen intake and birth control pills(estrogen increases the concentration of cholesterol in the bile)
Chronic Heartburn
Frequent use of Antacids
Atkin's Diet
Over age 40 and increase in risk as one ages
Female especially those who have had children
Ethnicity (Pima Indians and Mexican-Americans)
High triglycerides, high LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol,
Alcohol intake
Family history of gallbladder disease (Heredity)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs, immunosuppressive drugs
Antidepressants which slow down gallbladder contractions
Very Low Calorie Diets
Diet high in saturated fats
Diet high in refined foods and sugars
Diet low in fiber (which is what the refined diets are) and not enough vegetables
Non-fat diets
Low-fat diets
Diseases such as chronic inflammatory bowel disease, Chron's disease (ulcerative colitis is contraversial) Hemolytic anemias

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2/12/13 1:31 P

Other than what you just related regarding some "6 week diet plan" having said so,

I have never heard of a "time limit" on how long it "should" take you to eat.

If anything, I usually hear the exact OPPOSITE.

I would seriously not worry at all, about "taking too long to eat a meal."

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2/12/13 1:27 P

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong message board...I looked them over and didn't really know where this fits in....(cross posted to my blog as well)

I had my gallbladder taken out a little over a year ago. I am not sure where I read it or if my brain just blurted it out, but it seems to me that part of my gallbladder problem was caused by constant eating...not only was I a constant grazer, but it also (usually) takes me a long time to eat. Never giving my gallbladder a chance to rest.

I have a LOT of problems with my teeth, problems with the front bottom, a partial on the top front and now missing all of my molars on the bottom. So I tend to gravitate towards foods that don't need much chewing, anything that required a lot of 'effort' to chew, doesn't get chewed a whole lot....which leads to more strain on my entire digestive system I know. (The plus side being that I have learned to make awesomely tender proteins!)

I have been thinking about how cooking removes a lot of the good stuff in my veggies and I have been trying to fill up more on veggies since I have gotten off track a bit, the problem is that they take me so long to eat!
For example, today's lunch was a pork chop with capers, baked baby red potatoes, and a bowl full of veggies. The snap peas and baby bell peppers were easy...not so much for the baby carrots and radishes (celery is somewhat problematic as well). All in all, it took me about an hour and 15 minutes to eat.

When I did the 6 week body makeover, it was recommended to be finished eating within 30 minutes...something that I cannot always do.

I know that my gallbladder is no longer an issue, because its gone, but I still have a fatty liver and go back and forth between going to the bathroom several times a day and once every several days.
I would not have a problem getting all my freggie servings from fruit, but that puts me high(er) on carbs.

I hope that all made sense, I guess my question comes down to whether its ok to take that long to eat, or should I stick with fruit, or lose nutrients in cooking?

Tracy, Illinois, CST

Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
~The Dalai Lama
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