When it comes to eating better, most folks worry about the little details:
Yet they eat over the kitchen sink. Or in their car. Or in a daze while in front of the TV. And who can blame them? We’ve been taught to think about what we eat, not how we eat.
That’s too bad since…
Eating slowly and mindfully can actually be an incredibly powerful habit for driving major transformation. Instead of having to figure out which foods to eat, in what frequency, and in what portions—all important factors, of course—eating slowly is the simplest way anyone can start eating and feeling better, immediately.
Why? Two reasons:
1. It takes about 20 minutes for your body’s satiety signals to kick in. Slow eating gives the system time to work, allowing you to better sense when you’ve had enough.
2. When you slow down, and really try to savor your meal, you tend to feel satisfied with less, and feel less “deprived.”
But… People struggle with this habit.
What to do?
Practice at slow eating and know you won’t be perfect. That’s okay. It’s also why it’s not a bad idea to spend a whole month on just this one habit. To help you, try one of these tips. You can experiment with them for just one meal, or take on a full “30-day slow-eating challenge,” if you feel up to it.
Take a breath. Before you eat, pause. Take one breath. Take one bite. Then take another breath. Go one bite and one breath at a time. That’s it.
Add one minute per meal. At the beginning of a meal, start a clock and see if you can make each meal one minute longer than the meal before.
Do something between bites. Besides taking a breath (or three), try:
Savour your food.
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The information provided in this newsletter is not medical advice, nor it should be taken as a replacement for medical advice. I am not a medical Doctor so I don’t prescribe anything. Most of the tools suggested are based out of scientific research and my experiments with them. Your healthcare, your wellbeing is your responsibility. Anything we suggest here, please filter it through that responsibility.