3 benefits of slow eating
Slow eating is a powerful tool to drive behavior changes in your routine diet. Without changing what you are eating, eating slowly can make you feel better right away.
Eat less but feel comfortably satisfied. It takes time for your brain to receive the signal that you are feeling full. Slowing down and putting your fork down between bites can extend your eating time to let that message get to your head! Slowing down will also allow you to properly chew and taste your delicious meal, helping digestion and also feeling satisfied.
Reduce bloat and stomach pains. When you eat meals quickly, not only are you not chewing properly but also taking big bites. Digestion starts the minute you smell food as your mouth increases saliva to start breaking down food as you chew. Larger bites that make their way down to the stomach require more work to digest. They also may pass into the small intestine in a form that is not optimal for nutrient absorption. This can lead to lower energy and affect your mood, especially when you look down at a bloated belly.
Increased awareness of your food choices. If you find yourself eating mindlessly throughout the day, slowing down can help change those habits. Slow eating will let your mind catch up to your actions. Take a breath and be aware of the moment. You are more likely to eat less as you slow down and realize you are either full or not hungry. This can also lead to a sense of empowerment as you realize you are in full control of your daily decisions and how to change them.
Try focusing on how you eat for the next week and the results might be shocking!