We live in a fast paced world. People are on the go, multi-tasking, planning and thinking ahead. In a busy world, people also eat on the go; in the car, at their desks, standing up, walking down the street, barely taking the time to enjoy their meal. When we eat quickly, we tend to eat more, therefore consuming more calories.
Digestion begins in the mouth. Slowing down to completely chew your food, allows the release of digestive enzymes that break down food and greater assimilation of nutrients. Whole foods, especially whole grains, must be mixed with saliva and chewed until they become liquid to release their full nutritional value. Because digestion becomes so efficient when you chew your food thoroughly, your body will begin to feel wonderfully light. To get into the habit of chewing correctly, try counting the chews in each bite, aiming for 30 to 50 times. It helps if you put your fork down between bites.
The New York Times reported on a few scientific studies to support the claim that eating slowly is a method for consuming fewer calories. Who could imagine that losing weight is as simple as taking a few more minutes to slow down and eat what is already on your plate?
5 Tips to Slow Down at Meal Time: (First and foremost, do not bring your phone to the table, or place it on “Do Not Disturb” mode while you eat.)
- Take 3 deep breaths before your meal.
- Place your fork down between each bite, or use chopsticks to eat.
- Chew your food at least 30-50 times before swallowing.
- Savor the flavors and textures that are happening in your mouth.
- Eat in a calm, relaxed atmosphere as often as possible.