How fast do you eat your food? My guess is a lot faster than 10 years ago.
Why is that? And are there benefits to slowing down?
Well yes there are. Eating fast, like eating fast food all the time, contributes to stress, weight gain and an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating slowly has the reverse effect.
Let’s see if I can find 10 reasons to slow down.
- Eating slowly prevents you from over-eating (or at least over-eating by as much). It takes the brain 15 or 20 minutes to recognize that the stomach is full. If you’re in a fast food restaurant, and the burger slips down your throat rather too easily, then your brain will kick in too late.
- Numerous studies have found that people who eat fast are three times more likely to be obese than people who eat slowly.
- The more you eat, the less flavor you enjoy. Taking your time to taste food on the way down makes sense, if you prefer the experience over the task.
- Eating slowly is good for digestion. This starts with chewing food more. Enzymes in saliva help break down the food, so it gets digested more easily and fully. The more chewing work you do, the less strain on your gut.
- Take a stand against the fast pace of life. We already rush from one task to the next – I have no idea how I’ll get through my to-do list today – and eating slowly is high on the casualty list. Let your eating habits reflect the newfound control you have over your life.
- It’s a way to reduce the stress in your life. Use your meal time to exercise mindfulness. Meditate on your food.
- Sharing a meal is a great way to socialise. In fact it can be a defining part of our lifestyles. Eat too fast and it’s gone.
- You save money on your food bill. You can spend it on something that lasts longer.
- If you enjoy your meal more, the person who prepared it will feel better about having to prepare it for you. It’s a stretch, I know.
- I’ve forgotten what number 10 is. Can someone please add it in the comments?
I found this dog bowl. My labradors are very fast eaters. Is this a good solution?