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Stop and Chew Your Dinner

The Benefits of Slowing Down & Chewing More


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  • This is no problem for me - I am always the last to finish eating. Great info!
  • If you are a teacher, this is totally impossible. Supposedly we get 30 minutes for lunch, with luck duty free, but we have to walk the kids there and back (elementary level). So usually if we get 15-20 minutes tops, we are doing well.
  • I like my food hot! Eating slowly only works with cold food..
  • Interesting how much is going on inside our bodies just starting with sight to digest our food. I remember that as a child mom always reminding to chew slowly to grind up our food. This was to help our tummy not to work so hard and not get a tummy ache.
  • I have a very hard time taking 20 minutes to eat, like others on here, I usually had 30 minutes to eat, and go to the bathroom and now that I have as long as I want, it just seems like sitting there for 20 minutes is just too hard to do.
  • It takes real discipline to eat slowly. I work with kids, and have a tough time keeping up with them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Good article...learned something new today. Thanks.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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!
  • How true, great article!
    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!
  • I have a hard time making half a sandwich last for 20 minutes.

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