What is Slow Eating?
I am a nonbeliever when it comes to dieting. I just hate the idea of not eating something you love. Why can't you eat chocolate pudding? For the beach body? First of all, coverups are called coverups for a reason and that is, to hide the pouch. Secondly, you can eat that pudding and keep your body, but you have to do it right.
*DISCLAIMER. I am not a nutritionist at all, but I have found success and happiness with this lifestyle of slow eating.
Fact: It takes 20 minutes for your body to tell your brain that you are full.
Think about how much food you can eat in 20 minutes! You could eat a whole extra plate of dinner without feeling full yet. A second ice cream cone might sound appealing during this 20 minute time frame. You might just be so hungry that you eat a second horse. And then what happens...?
Your brain finally receives this delayed memo from your stomach. This message is probably something along the lines of, "YOU IDIOT. You overbooked the show again, we don't have enough seats for everyone here." And then your brain is like, "I'm sorry you could have told me to close the ticket office 20 minutes ago but you were BUSY." And then after that you gotta break up this fight because it's going nowhere. After making a mistake like this, you probably feel nauseated and succumb to the couch.
This mistake can be prevented by eating slower and chewing your food more times.
Fact: When we eat fast we do not chew our food small enough. These particles are so large that your body cannot absorb the nutrients.
Okay so let's say you're horking down a spinach salad because you're on that HEALTH KICK. I applaud you, spinach is very good for you and we all love eating leaves (no sarcasm I like foliage). If you eat your super-healthy-fat-free spinach salad too fast, you won't get the benefits from it. That's like going to church every weekend for your whole life and not believing in God, which is probably half the people in the church these days. Anyways, if spinach isn't your favorite but you eat it for the nutrients, YOU especially need to eat it slow.
Lastly, I think that taking away your favorite fattening foods will only make you crave them more and eventually lead to binge eating. Maybe you've had a bad day and you haven't had Ben&Jerry's in four weeks. You buy three pints and eat them while crying and watching Spongebob.
Alternatively, it is very difficult to just say that you'll eat in moderation. Instead of limiting yourself, just eat slower. Spend more time enjoying each bite and take smaller bites. Draw one bite out for the double the amount of time you would usually. If you truly eat slower and think about the enjoyment of each bite you will feel satisfied and full by the end of your first bowl of ice cream (or any favorite food). Obviously, this is not easy and it takes practice. Eating slower is a lifestyle change and you have to eliminate other distractions that might cause you to eat fast again.
- -Don't watch TV or peruse your phone.
- -Don't read.
- -Don't eat "on the go" or in a big hurry (plan ahead).
- -DO eat and talk with a friend. Talking in between each bite will slow down the meal and sharing the satisfaction of food is far more enjoyable with others.
Next time your order that juicy burger, try to eat each bite slower and focus on the taste. You might finish it or you might feel satisfied and save the other half for a midnight snack. Happy eating!