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5 Reasons or Benefits for Eating Slower

Sunday, October 03, 2010

5 Reasons or Benefits for Eating Slower

I am still having a hard time slowing down when I eat. It’s always been like I have to hurry up and go somewhere or do something. Why is it such a challenge for me? I’ve tried “eating mindfully.” I keep reading articles on the subject, hoping for new insight. Here are some of the main points from an article I have recently read. I want to savor and digest this information. It’s the one habit that I continue to struggle with daily.

1. Lose some weight. Several studies confirm that just by eating slower, a person will consume fewer calories. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time. If a person is looking to lose weight, eating slowly should be a part of their new lifestyle.

2. Enjoy your food more. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. If you eat your food slowly you’ll be able to taste and savor it more. I think people are just happier by tasting great food and enjoying it fully, by eating slowly. Make your meals a gastronomic pleasure, not a thing you do rushed, between stressful events.

3. Enjoy better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better, which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the mouth, so the more work you do up there, the less you’ll have to do in your stomach. This can help lead to fewer digestive problems.

4. Lessen your stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating, can be a great form of mindfulness. Be in the moment, rather than rushing through a meal thinking about what you have to do next. When you eat, you should eat. This kind of mindfulness, can lead to a less stressful life and more pleasure and happiness.

5. Limiting “Fast Food;” cook and eat at home. Life is hectic, fast-paced and stressful. This leads to choosing to eat “Fast Food,” and eating it quickly. This lifestyle is making us unhealthy, stressing us out, and leaving us unhappy in the end. We rush through our day, from one task to the next, without taking the time to really live, to enjoy life, to truly be human. It’s not helping us! Vow to eat “Fast Food” occasionally, not daily. Better yet, cook your own food at home; and stop and smell the roses!

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    Good advice as always.
    2759 days ago
    Lots of good 'stuff' here, Maria. This is an area that I struggle with, mainly because my husband eats VERY fast. I don't eat as fast as he does, but after 32 years of eating with him, his speed does effect me some.
    2759 days ago
    Oh wow...this is a very touchy subject for me! I'm one of those fast eaters! I do think most nurses are! Ever since I could remember...when we worked the floor, we rarely got but 5 minutes to eat, so...we kinda ate on the run! Well, those days are long gone but...old habits remain! It's something I have to work at...& I do, when I remember to!

    Thanks for the reminder that it's time to SLOW DOWN & let my brain get the message!

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    2759 days ago
  • MOODY9
    Great points. I have the same problem. I've also tried not eating in front of the TV or computer so that I can take some "me" time and try to focus on enjoying the food.
    Thanks for posting!
    2759 days ago
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