Most people eat fast. Are you also like this or do you prefer chewing each bite well?
When I was younger my father used to call my attention to the way I ate: too fast for his (macrobiotic) standards. I must admit that his remarks were a bit annoying. I liked eating fast or should I say, it was boring to eat slowly. However, after hearing his comments so many times I eventually changed this habit. In fact, I came to the conclusion that our health and well-being is not only related to what we eat, but also how we eat.
So, what are the benefits of eating slowly?
- It aids digestion
- It helps you to eat less
- You enjoy food more as you become aware of the different flavors and textures
And what are the downsides?
- You will probably be the last one finishing the meal
- If you start talking then you will be for sure the last one finishing the meal, so you might experience some pressure from the “dessert community”
Well, as you see I think the downsides are pretty manageable.
If you would like to start eating slower to see how you feel, then I have some tips for you:
- Make sure you are seated during each meal
- Avoid arguments while eating
- Chew each bite at least 30 times
- Put your cutlery down in between bites
- Use chopsticks (it will also be fun!)
- Be mindful as I explain in my book Back to Natural