Reasons for Eating Slower
Are you a fast or slow eater? Luckily for me, I am naturally a slow eater and so I don’t have to start training myself to slow down when eating! Quite a number of us often live a rushed lifestyle and therefore, meal times are no different. Have you noticed how more and more people round you now tend to rush around all day and then eat quickly so they can get back to their seemingly endless list of tasks?
Ever considered the impact of not eating slower on our general well-being?
Eating slowly is very powerful in so many ways. If you have a stressful lifestyle, when you begin to eat slower you’ll be amazed at how it will begin to reverse your harried lifestyle. Eating slowly is not at all difficult. All you have to do is basically take smaller bites, take your time chewing slowly but thoroughly and actually enjoy your meal for a greater length of time!
I still remember how about two decades ago, the Slow Food Movement was started in Italy as a way of not just celebrating what’s on your plate but mainly for counteracting all that fast food stands for.
Below are 6 notable benefits that will help you consider eating slower:
1. You’ll sleep better.
Eating too much in the evening is sure way to disrupt your sleep. By eating slower, which leads to improved digestion, your sleep is sure to be more restful. Disturbed sleep is one of the top complaints doctors receive. Try not to eat too close to bedtime.
2. Your mind will be less stressed.
The simple act of eating slower can begin to counter a hectic, stressful lifestyle. Sit down and enjoy your meal – celebrate the food in your plate and relish that moment with your friends and family and your life.
3. You will enjoy your food more.
You’ll be surprised at just how much flavor some foods have if you’ll eat them slower. This is especially true of many foods that you might consider to be bland. Slowing down will give you the same amount of pleasure with far fewer calories.
- You are also likely to find that many of the unhealthy foods that you currently enjoy don’t taste nearly as good if you eat them slowly. Give it a try. Take a food you love, but know you shouldn’t eat. Eat it very slowly and see if you still love it.
4. Your digestion will improve.
Digestion begins in your mouth. Having food spend a little more time in your mouth makes a big difference. Even more importantly, by chewing your food more completely, you increase the amount of surface area for the enzymes and chemicals in your body to act. I knew those Biology classes would come handy!
5. Improved body composition.
Numerous studies have shown that we eat less when we eat slower. How much can you lose from eating slower? According to the studies, about 20 lbs!
- It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to let you know that you’re full. If you eat too quickly, you can eat a lot more than your body needs.
6. Your body will be less stressed.
Digestion requires a tremendous amount of energy. Some scientists believe that it’s the most energy-intensive process in the body.
- Further studies have shown that people who consume the least (without starving) tend to live the longest. All digestion results in harmful metabolic products that must be eliminated from the body.
There are so many benefits to be gained by slowing down at mealtime. It’s also an enjoyable way to lose weight and strengthen your physical health. You’ll also sleep better, be more relaxed, and can reconnect with your loved ones. Imagine the type of conversation you’ll have time for at the meal table.
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, you’ll also have to take one step at a time in your quest to begin eating slower. Start today with one meal. Make an authentic effort to chew more slowly and completely. At mealtime, ensure you focus only on your meal and other people at the table. What could be easier or more enjoyable?
If you already have a habit of eating processed foods, you will need to detoxify your body by eating clean for a length of time. To learn more about how this all works, and what kind of meals you can prepare that stick closely to clean eating concept, check out a book I have been reading by Carolyn Hansen – “21 Days To Healthy Eating”: