Did you know if you slow down your eating, you can enjoy improved health and well-being?

We are a rushed, distracted, too-busy society. This lends to most people eating fast. I mean REALLY fast. We rarely take the time to savor our food…or even to chew it properly. Eating quickly is associated with metabolic syndrome, weight gain, less satisfaction with food, higher blood glucose levels, insulin resistance, and a larger waistline.  All these negative side effects are from simply eating too fast!  The good news is we can slow down by doing this one, simple, free thing before eating.

Studies show that when you relax and chill before a meal, your heart rate goes down and you are less likely to lose control and overeat.  Powerful!

In order to slow down, before you even put food on your fork, take 3 deep breaths.   This will allow you to be in a more relaxed state of mind.  Next, really LOOK at the food on your plate.  Is it a balance of nutrition and pleasure?  Are there at least three different colors on your plate? Powerfully decide to enjoy your food, slowly, and savor each bite.  It should take about 20 minutes to eat a meal. At meal time, you are fueling your body and maybe spending quality time with friends and family. That’s important. It deserves your time.

Here’s the kicker! Studies show that changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, body mass index, and waist circumference.

This is definitely a weight loss secret!

Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

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