In this crazy light-speed routine we call ‘working life’, there’s very little time to do anything we enjoy, let alone something that is necessary to our survival. To eat is, to some, to be. Eating is the driving force behind everything we do and should be treated with respect, thusly.
However, our obsession with time has forced the habit of gobbling and rushing meals upon a lot of us. Instead of enjoying our food, we inhale it. So much so that even in casual meal situations, the animal instinct takes-over and the plate is cleared in minutes.
Taking your time while eating food can ultimately benefit you socially but, arguably more importantly, it can improve your mental and physical health.
1. You’ll lose weight
An increasing number of studies confirmed that by eating slower, you’ll consume far less calories. The reason being that it takes 20 minutes for our bodies to register that we’re full. If we eat our meals in three, there’s 17 minutes left of ‘hungry void’ where you fill your face full of unnecessary calories. Supposedly, you can lose up to 20 pounds a year from just slowing your roll.
Consciously eating – eating while thinking about eating, that is – can actually be used as a mindfulness exercise. Think about every chew you’re making and focus on the taste and textures of your food. Most people can barely remember what they ate, let alone how it tasted.
3. Give your body a break
Fasting is supposedly the new fad but that’s not the kind of break we’re talking about. Your body starts digesting as soon as food enters your mouth so the more chewing and break-down you do up in the roof, the less work your body will have to do under the hood.