Slow eating

For those with busy lifestyles, eating on the run and convenience foods seem to be the solution. The opposite should actually be practiced. The challenge is in learning to slow down. 

Eating slowly enables complete digestion, meal enjoyment and satiety.

The parasympathetic part of the nervous system is characterized as the ‘rest and digest’ phase. Taking the time to eat and doing so in a relaxed state helps the body properly break down food from chewing to absorption thus optimizing the digestion process and minimizing indigestion, gas and bloating.

Appreciating the senses while eating (taste, touch, smell, sight, sound) can also help to slow down and slow eating is said to result in people eating less while still being satiated.

Slow eating and ‘slow’ food (nutrient dense whole foods healthfully prepared) are the tortoise to the hare of rapid eating and processed foods; slow and steady wins the race. 

 


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