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5 Powerful Reasons to Eat Slower

1. Lose weight. A growing number of studies confirm that just by
eating slower, you’ll consume fewer calories — in fact, enough to
lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating
anything different. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes
for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can
continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly,
we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time. Now, I would
still recommend that you eat healthier foods, but if you’re looking
to lose weight, eating slowly should be a part of your new
2. Enjoy your food. This reason is just as powerful, in my opinion.
It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. In fact, I
think it’s fine to eat sinful foods, if you eat a small amount slowly.
Think about it: you want to eat sinful foods (desserts, fried foods,
pizza, etc.) because they taste good. But if you eat them fast,
what’s the point? If you eat them slowly, you can get the same
amount of great taste, but with less going into your stomach.
That’s math that works for me. And that argument aside, I think
you are just happier by tasting great food and enjoying it fully, by
eating slowly. Make your meals a gastronomic pleasure, not a thing
you do rushed, between stressful events.
3. Better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better,
which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the
mouth, so the more work you do up there, the less you’ll have to
do in your stomach. This can help lead to fewer digestive
4. Less stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating,
can be a great form of mindfulness exercise. Be in the moment,
rather than rushing through a meal thinking about what you need
to do next. When you eat, you should eat. This kind of
mindfulness, I believe, will lead to a less stressful life, and
long-term happiness. Give it a try.
5. Rebel against fast food and fast life. Our hectic, fast-paced,
stressful, chaotic lives — the Fast Life — leads to eating Fast
Food, and eating it quickly. This is a lifestyle that is dehumanizing
us, making us unhealthy, stressed out, and unhappy. We rush
through our day, doing one mindless task after another, without
taking the time to live life, to enjoy life, to relate to each other, to
be human. That’s not a good thing in my book. Instead, rebel
against that entire lifestyle and philosophy … with the small act of
eating slower. Don’t eat Fast Food. Eat at a good restaurant, or
better yet, cook your own food and enjoy it fully. Taste life itself.

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