I’m always looking at how I can adjust my life so that what I do contributes to better health.
This is probably one topic we don’t think much about, but how many of us think about how fast we eat and how damaging that can be? This isn’t something we think about because after all we’re just eating, but eating too fast can be detrimental to our health.
Eating too fast can also lead to various health problems such as weight gain and overeating. I don’t think it’s something we consciously think about, but it does have many implications. Eating too fast can contribute to digestion problems. Experts also agree that eating too fast is linked to overeating. If we also consume food more slowly, we will eat less.
Eating food slowly helps improve digestion, because it allows the stomach to process what we eat. It also means that the food that we chew is broken down into more manageable pieces. Chewing helps saliva do its job properly and takes the burden off our already complex digestive systems.
Eating slowly can help take away stress, because taking time with each mouthful helps bring about more positive emotions. The more positive we are, the less stressed we will be.
Having acid reflux and IBS has made me more aware of how I chew my food and how fast I eat and although it certainly doesn’t help with my problems, I know that not eating slowly will add to my already digestive problems.
Eating should always be a pleasurable experience, but in our hurried lifestyles and eating quickly, we stop ourselves from enjoying what we eat. If we took more time to enjoy what we put on our plates, we would be more likely to pay attention to what we eat rather than the amount we consume. We would also enjoy our food more.
In any event, it’s always good practice to sit down and eat slowly. I know it’s something I will continue to do.