That goes for mail, travel and particularly mealtimes. We can heat up our meal in our microwave in less than 5 minutes or we can spend 30 minutes preparing dinner, only to consume it in less time.
Why then, when everything is so fast paced, would anyone want to eat slowly? There are many reasons, including: reduction of stress, improved digestion, enjoyment of your food and the people with whom you are sharing it, and controlling portion sizes by allowing your stomach time to realize it is full. How then, do we slow down our eating when we are used to being so fast and efficient? Try a few of these simple steps to eat more slowly and purposefully in a world where fast and efficient is the way of life:
Experimenting with any or all of these ideas will help you to slow down and relax during whatever meal of the day you choose to be your time away from life in the express lane.
- Laine Lum, MS, dietetic intern, and Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University
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