Saturday, November 2, 2013

Slow Down Cowboy!

I do it, you do it, we all do way too fast.

We just can't help ourselves - our society is churning out speed eaters.  Do you even know what your food tastes like?  I didn't think so.

This speed eating may save time, but it comes with consequences:
  1. It over taxes the digestive system leading to indigestion or an upset stomach
  2. Digestion begins in the mouth, food that is not thoroughly chewed is not thoroughly digested and therefore the nutrients are not thoroughly absorbed
  3. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that that it's full, which means overeating which leads to weight gain

So how can we slow down?

  1. Eat a table away from the computer or TV
  2. Eat in a calm, quiet environment
  3. Don't eat angry or upset
  4. Thoroughly chew and swallow food before taking the next bite
  5. Savor the meal/experience
  6. Recognize when you are speed eating

Another way to slow down your eating is to employ a method of eating that you are probably not used to - chopsticks!  Unless you're into stabbing your food, these babies are going to slow you down!

I just picked up the most sleek stainless steel chopsticks from Amazon under $10 for two sets - I love them!  Not only have they slowed down my eating, they are a breeze to clean!  Plus, they travel well.  I always carefully eye my silverware at restaurants and am usually disgusted.  Not no more - now, I carry my own flatware!

Try It!


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