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Stop and Chew Your Dinner

The Benefits of Slowing Down & Chewing More


  • Take time to chew! My dad poked a tiny hole in his throat because he didn't chew properly. He had to spend 4 days in the hospital and a clear liquid diet for 2 weeks, so make sure you chew! - 1/27/2015 4:08:16 PM
  • I have to take small bites and chew them well because of my lap band. 104 pounds as of today. Well worth it! - 10/15/2014 6:12:49 PM
  • I agree with BAIXOMUSIC. I eat breakfast and lunch with sparkpeople. In between bites I type something, scroll to read something or check out my friend feed. That's what slows down my eating. If I'm typing, I can't pick up my food.
    I eat dinner with DH so there I agree with the article. Good information about the aid to digestion. I never considered that before. - 10/15/2014 7:51:21 AM
  • I agree that less chewing causes excess gas in the colon for that is an issue for me. I often eat without my dentures and I now understand the value of wearing of dentures to eat chewing properly. - 6/23/2014 7:30:32 AM
    I have started to SIT AT THE LOUNGE TABLE! To make my food go down better & After eating Wait for my food to go down Couple of Minutes! - 3/3/2014 1:56:43 PM
    How do you eat that slwoly when you have smaller portions. AND if the food is hot after 10 minutes it's cold and not so great. I enjoy my food and portion it out correctly. I then dont eat for 30 minutes and have some tea just to make sure I am okay.

    I would like some advice on slower eating please?

    Thanks :) - 3/3/2014 7:18:47 AM
  • Great sentiment, but as I have no sense of smell, my taste is very poor, so eating is a much more mechanical process for me. No 'stop and savor the flavors' because, unless its curry, chilli, Mexican, etc there is very little flavor I can detect!!!
    However, seeing as I am always the first to finish, I need to take this on board to aid my digestion.
    Thanks for a thought provoking article. - 2/4/2014 5:31:31 AM
  • I make every effort to explain to my 14 almost 15 year old son to take his time when eating. He jokes that I am old (33) and I am just slower than eating.
    Due to the fact that I enjoy cooking and the food that I cook, not only for myself, but also what he enjoys... Yes, I take me time... Put down my fork and ask myself... 'Am I full or still hungry'. - 1/25/2014 2:05:23 PM
  • I'm not sure why the article says not to eat with the TV or computer. As a single person, it is the only way to slow down my consumption. If I sat at my dinner table with only my food, all I would have to do is eat and I would eat fast. Most of the time, I do sparkpeople when I eat. So I take a bite, then enter something. Right now I'm filling out this form between bites from my morning oatmeal. If I wasn't sparking, then I would just be eating and I would be finished by now. - 1/11/2014 10:02:14 AM
  • I am always the first one to finish my food first , and I need to slow down to , but I think it is because I am rushed or I wait to long before meals that I feel like I am starving ,then I over eat . - 1/11/2014 6:03:58 AM
  • I am always the first one to finish my food first , and I need to slow down to , but I think it is because I am rushed or I wait to long before meals that I feel like I am starving ,then I over eat . - 1/11/2014 6:01:45 AM
  • I try and take the time to make great meals and enjoy them :) When you savour your food you'll naturally chew slower, concentrating on the flavours instead of glomping down as much as you can!

    Unfortunately, this semester I have back-to-back classes and I'm forced to eat my lunch and my snacks in class ): - 1/6/2014 9:32:52 PM
  • what a great article , it makes perfect sence. i am a terrible fast eater and when my daughter lived home she use to hep me out by saying "mom ,slow down , theres no hurry" i loved it. Also the part about how chewing your food reduces the gas and bloating i never knew it ! thanks so much for the knowledge ! i'm slowing down!! - 10/28/2013 8:31:04 AM
  • I completely get this. When I was smaller, I ate slower. My Mom always made me eat slower and then I lived on my own so I'd eat slow and at the table with no distractions. Now I live with someone who eats very fast and we don't own a kitchen table and I've put on like 50 pounds since I've met him. Time to get back in to old habits is day! :-) - 10/27/2013 5:49:28 PM
  • I have attempted to tell my son that he should slow down when eating. He says that he does not rush, it is just the way that he eats.
    ~I enjoy taking my time to eat and when I get full, I put what is left in a container for another day.
    - 10/5/2013 11:12:00 AM

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