I had surgery last year because the valve between my esophagus and stomach never closed...resulting in severe GERD and regurgitation from the time I was a small child. Now I MUST eat slowly because the food doesn't go down as easily. I find that I eat a lot less now that my meals take about 30 minutes.
Here's a place where being re-single is a positive! I dated a guy (who is now a good friend) who naturally eats very slowly. Despite talking nonstop during our first date (he is also shy and quiet at first) I finished my meal before he was halfway through his - I was mortified, I felt like a pig! Clearly it didn't bother him, but I soon made it a practice to keep pace with him at meals - and now I do eat more slowly and I enjoy my food more. I actually taste it on the way down!
I am a slow eater already. Now if I could just get my husband to slow down. He is 1 of 5 siblings and to this day they all eat like the food is not going to be there tomorrow. When we go to his parents for dinner I'm still eating and they are clearing the table off and moving on to dessert. Drives me crazy.
OK...I get this....I know this is important. I just have to somehow make it part of who I am....I've used the eating slowly as a goal, but I keep forgetting. So, maybe the next step is an affirmation. I'll write it out, carry the paper with me. Try better to track it every day at every meal. Wish me luck!
2/18/2009 3:11:29 PM
Very helpful article. It would be nice for some hints/help at remembering to eat slowly. I do well for a few meals and then I forget or I am in a hurry and just do not think about chewing slowly/taking my time.
Last December I was experiencing the effects of GERDS in the worst way and did not have meds to treat it. I started eating smaller portions, more frequently and chewing food more slowly. Besides less frequent bouts with GERDS, I lost several pounds without exercising!!! This does work!!!
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