what a great article , it makes perfect sence. i am a terrible fast eater and when my daughter lived home she use to hep me out by saying "mom ,slow down , theres no hurry" i loved it. Also the part about how chewing your food reduces the gas and bloating i never knew it ! thanks so much for the knowledge ! i'm slowing down!!
I completely get this. When I was smaller, I ate slower. My Mom always made me eat slower and then I lived on my own so I'd eat slow and at the table with no distractions. Now I live with someone who eats very fast and we don't own a kitchen table and I've put on like 50 pounds since I've met him. Time to get back in to old habits is day! :-)
I have attempted to tell my son that he should slow down when eating. He says that he does not rush, it is just the way that he eats. ~I enjoy taking my time to eat and when I get full, I put what is left in a container for another day.
I definitely eat more quickly in groups. At least when it comes to dinner I notice that I slow down. I guess I believe that dinner time is time to talk with the people around you and not be on your phone on computer. If I'm alone then it is the opposite.
And here we've been complaining to our two young grandaughters that they take too long too eat. Every one else is done in 12 or 20 minutes and they're still sitting there half an hour later if you let them! Probably a bit much but it is good they they interact while they eat
After I had surgery on my esophagus I was forced to eat very slowly and chew everything to a watery pulp. Now I try tondo the same thing but I find when I eat with my husband it is more difficult because he wolfs his food down and I tend to do the same.
I'm definitely guilty of eating way too quickly. I've started to put my fork down and take a small drink of water after each bite. It's new though.. I'm still getting used to not being done in 5 minutes.
I totally agree with eating slower at meals! I do have a problem at work though. We have only 30 minutes to eat lunch so unless you bring your own lunch that doesn't require microwaving AND you stay in the closest breakroom, you don't have much time to eat. It is rather frustrating! I know my race to finish carries over to dinnertime. Anyone else have the same problem and if so, is there anything you've done to help stop the frustration?
I talk a lot, including during meals with friends. I was taught to never talk with my mouth full, so I'll usually take a bite, chew, swallow, then talk for a while, then take another bite, etc. I'm ALWAYS the last one to finish my meal, and usually don't actually finish it, as I realize I'm full about halfway through the meal.
When I was a kid, talking a lot during family meals was a detriment - my family would get up and leave the table after a while, and I usually still had a full plate, to be eaten while sitting by myself. But now, it's an advantage! I savor my meals, and enjoy the whole experience, not just the wolfing down of food...
Now, if only I could convince my husband to put the brakes on while he eats - he consumes meals as though the room is on fire.
I'm a shoveler too, bad habits are hard to break. Light bulb moment over lunch with friends the other day, half way through found myself full - think about it, when out chatting etc do you fill up quicker? I do. So guess this week, slow down take time to enjoy I will TRY!
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