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Stop and Chew Your Dinner

The Benefits of Slowing Down & Chewing More


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  • Sorry, this article did not ring true with me at all. I just totally disagree. I have always, always chewed my food slowly. Whenever I have gone out to a restaurant I am ALWAYS the last to finish, to the point where it has been embarrassing. And this was all the way thru my fat years BEFORE I started watching what I ate. So eating slowly has never meant losing weight for me, if you eat a lot you're going to get fat even if you take an hour and a 1/2 to eat it. This is one of those articles that just doesn't add up.
    - 10/15/2016 9:54:20 PM
  • I always learned to eat fast because we only had a half hour for lunch at work, to get your food, eat, go to the bathroom and anything else you needed to do in that time. I still eat quickly even though I have retired.
    Also I like my food piping hot and taking 20 minutes to eat leads to lukewarm food and I detest cold meat and potatoes etc. though maybe I would eat less if it didn't taste as good. - 10/15/2016 9:50:21 AM
    Good article...learned something new today. Thanks. - 10/2/2016 8:26:27 PM
  • Read this article before but glad I read it again. So many good points to aid in the digestive process. And I'm much more aware of when I'm gobbling my food versus eating slowly and mindfully. - 6/28/2016 11:33:17 AM
  • I too need to slow down and taste my food. I vow to be the last one finished and to "Be fully present while you eat". - 5/29/2016 9:06:55 AM
  • Good thoughts…I'll have to chew on them. Ha! Seriously, I appreciate the article. Eating too fast is a bad habit for me. Now that I'm freshly aware of the problem and more educated about the benefits of chewing slowly, I will try again to break this life-long habit. Thanks! - 5/8/2016 7:37:57 AM
  • How true, great article! - 5/7/2016 12:38:58 PM
    I enjoy eating mindfully, but sometimes I let myself get SO hungry, that I just want to wolf it all down! Making a meal by myself last 20 minutes is definitely a challenge! Funny thing though, when I'm with a group, I'm frequently the last one to finish my meal! - 4/27/2016 1:15:01 PM
  • I have a hard time making half a sandwich last for 20 minutes. - 12/15/2015 1:59:31 PM
  • I have discovered that the body/mind is a powerful tool to many healthy lifestyle changes. When I eat mindfully and concentrate on food I can feel the juices in my mouth. When I eat distracted I don't even notice or feel the juices come into my mouth. Mindfully is very important for our bodily functions. I am working on using mindful steps to better health. - 10/18/2015 9:25:08 AM
  • Some distractions actually help me eat slowly. Right now I have to put my food down because I'm typing. Eating while at the computer is different than eating in front of the TV. It's also a difference of eating alone vs. being with others. Sitting alone chewing and thinking about my food feels weird to me. So onto the computer I go. - 9/28/2015 8:14:01 AM
  • I'm just like BUB001...always the last one finished eating at a restaurant, probably because I do so much talking too. I tend to eat meals while sitting at the computer and with the TV on (talk about multi-tasking!) and it usually takes me at least 30 min to finish. - 9/27/2015 4:57:13 PM
  • As I child and through most of my young adulthood, I was the last to leave the table. I was a very picky eater and very slow. Since I became a teacher many years ago, I became a fast eater out of necessity (no long lunches any longer). I need to rethink my eating habits again. The digestion factor is an important one. - 9/27/2015 9:42:36 AM
  • Not something I've ever had a problem with. I guess I talk too much when in a restaurant with friends or family, because I'm always the last person to finish eating. The young ones then groan if I also order a dessert. - 9/14/2015 11:20:26 PM
  • When I was teaching we only had a half hour for lunch. That's not a lot of time to get to the teacher's lounge, grab your food and eat. And if we had lunch duty, there was barely time to wolf down food before the next class. - 9/14/2015 11:04:14 AM

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