Slow Eating

Let’s extend the slow food movement to the dinner table.

Nightly dinners were a requirement in my family growing up. This meant a lot of laughs, the passing of plates and maybe a few spats here and there. It also meant watching my dad scarf down his food as my mom sat there shaking her head in disgust. “Can you even taste what you’re eating?” she’d say in disbelief.

While it’s a running joke in my family that a lot of us eat so fast that we can’t even tell what it is that we’re shoveling into our mouths, there’s actually a lot of proof that shows that eating slowly actually truly does mean better health, enjoyment and weight control. My dad is apparently missing out on quite a lot.

When you rush through meals, your digestion process suffers and slows. This type of eating causes you to finish your meal before your natural satiety signals kicks in and leads you to feeling overly full and sick. Think back to …

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