If you’re a parent, work a high-stress job, or are constantly on the go, chances are you eat quickly; I know that my years of working retail and in the food industry taught me how to devour an entire entrée in under 20 minutes.
Eating too quickly might lead to:
- Overeating. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to realize it’s full.
- Poor psychological relationships with food. Chances are if you are rushing, you are under some amount of stress. Therefore when you sit down to eat, your body will continue to perceive a meal as a stressful situation.
- Higher risk of choking. Yikes!
- Indigestion, bloating, or constipation if you are not thoroughly chewing your food.
To combat these habits:
- Set a time period for you to prioritize your meal. Food is fuel and it’s really important that we slow down and consume all the nutrients we need. Set aside at least 20 minutes to complete a meal.
- Go to lunch with a coworker. You might realize that you don’t completely demolish your meal when you’re out to lunch with someone.
- Keep your hands empty while you chew. From the time the food goes in your mouth to the moment you swallow, do not be loading up your fork with the next bite! This will help you slow down significantly.
We truly live in an age where we find ourselves working through our lunch hours, skipping meals to work, or simply don’t make food a top priority. Think about what you can move around to make some extra time to refuel your body. Eat with intention. Slow down. Bon appétit!
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