Eating Slowly: A Lesson in Patience

apple_dinner_timeAs I venture further down the road to better health and wellness, I’ve made a few changes in my life. Along with cutting out unhealthy foods, I’ve learned to eat slower. Although eating slower does wonders for your digestion, it is not an easy thing to get used to. For someone with little patience and a love for food, chewing food until it’s fit for a baby bird is pretty close to torture.

You might think that someone who loves to eat would jump at the chance to enjoy their food longer. It doesn’t work that way. Imagine you’re starving. You finally get to sit down in front of a nice, juicy burger, but instead of jamming that burger in your mouth and chowing down, you have to wait. You have to slowly consume that burger tiny piece by tiny piece, until you’ve been at the table for almost an hour and all of your friends are half way through their dessert. Plus, every time someone asks you a questions, you have food in your mouth. And you have to make them wait 5 minutes until you’ve thoroughly chewed your food and they forgot what they asked you in the first place.

Although eating slowly is not for the faint of heart, it does have its benefits. Your digestive system will thank you and on the plus side, you start rethinking whether eating a lot of food is worth all the work involved.

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