Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, March 5th, 2011
Last week I was watching my kids compete over who could make their ice cream cone last the longest. As adults we would usually find ourselves gobbling down that ice cream as fast as possible between work, school, gym, carpools, and countless errands. Well grownups, we are missing out. Not only are we missing out on the enjoyment of food but we are forming habits that negatively affect our health and weight.
Americans make over 200 decisions a day about food. We put all that energy into thinking about food yet when it comes to eating it we often end up eating it quickly on the run, in the car, or while in front of the computer or TV. We don’t even enjoy it. For those of you trying to lose weight or increase your energy, this type of mindless eating is like a big bag of chips standing between you and your health goal.
When we rush through meals instead of taking time to relax, our bodies do not metabolize our food efficiently. We need to calm down. Otherwise, the food just sits in our stomach causing a decrease in nutrient absorption, and increase in digestive problems. Eating in a state of low level stress causes our metabolism to slow down and a slower metabolism over time could lead to weight gain.
There are many reasons why we eat fast but it is important to just slow down.
Turn off all outside distraction such as TV and computers and Kindles.
Take one minute to look at your food before you take your first bite. This will give you time to decide whether you are really going to eat the whole box of Mac and Cheese.
Chew each bite 30 times. This is way harder than it sounds.
Put your fork down between every bite.
Eat with chopsticks instead of a fork. If nothing else, the laughing will slow you down.
Pick one or try several and if you do these often enough you may find yourself enjoying your food more, eating less and losing the bottle of antacids. What I found is that making my ice cream last longer than an 8 year old is messy but fun.
Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
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