WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO EAT YOUR MEALS SLOWLY
We’re all busy people. We’re rushed, distracted, always on the go. We don’t have time to cook meals so we grab whatever is nearby, whatever is convenient. We eat at our desks as we work. We chew our food quickly so we can move on to the next task. We rarely take the time to enjoy and really savor our food.
Did you know that learning to eat more slowly is one of the simplest and most powerful things you can do to improve your overall health?
One of the benefits of eating slowly is that it gives your body time to recognize that you’re full. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the start of a meal for the brain to send out satiety signals to register that it no longer requires food.
If you take the time to slow down, savor a meal, and pay attention to all of the tastes and textures of your food, really appreciate every bite, you leave the table feeling good...satisfied on a deeper level than just being full.
Eating slowly helps in several ways:
1) Improved digestion: rushing the process forces our system to deal with things before it’s ready leading to GI distress
2) Smaller portion sizes: feel full sooner and feel satisfied longer
3) better hydration: eating slower can increase water consumption during meals, keeping us hydrated and helping us eat less
Bottom line: if weight loss or maintenance is your goal, slow down your eating and enjoy improved health and well-being.
Below are some tips for slowing down your eating!