Slow Down Baby

Hello lovelies! Hope you are all having a fabulous day so far :).

It is gorgeous outside here today. The high is only supposed to be 80 degrees and the humidity feels nonexistent.. it actually feels almost breezy outside since we’ve been in the 90s with insane humidity. A day like today means that I can straighten my hair with ease :). Love it!

Last night I went out for some fro-yo. I didn’t snap a picture, but let me describe it to you I had chocolate brownie and confetti cake fro-yo and topped it with reese’s peanut butter cups, graham cracker crust crumbs, and chocolate chips. Oh yea ๐Ÿ™‚

Sadly though, I finished the whole thing in about 5 minutes or less. Yea…I ate it that fast!

You see, I tend to eat all of my food way. too. fast.

I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. Most of the time I’m the first person to finish my food when I’m eating with others. However, I also don’t eat so fast that I look like I’m inhaling it. That would be a frightening sight.

For years my family has been telling me that I need to slow down when I’m eating a meal. My general response has been “Yea, yea, I know…I will.” Um…hasn’t happened. I think several things have a role in why I eat fast-

  • My lunch periods in elementary school were short enough already, but once you were finished you were allowed to go to recess- who wouldn’t want to eat fast so they could get in more play-time?
  • In middle school and high school, lunches were short too. Plus, if you bought your food- the line was so long that you had about 10 minutes once you made it through.
  • I’ve always had an on the go schedule. Go to school, come home, change, go to dance practice, eat a quick dinner, go back to dance, go to cheerleading, etc. Eating a slow meal was not a priority, my activities were.
  • After high school and getting over my disordered eating habits, I think I ate fast because I just plain wanted food in my stomach. And dammit, I wanted it right then and there. No more waiting.
  • And now, I think I’ve just been conditioned to eat fast. I don’t really know any other way. It’s a natural process that I don’t even think about.

Now though, I am starting to really think about it. When my fro-yo was gone last night I was sad. I felt like I wanted more…but did I really? In reality I don’t think I actually wanted more, I’m pretty sure I just didn’t fully enjoy and appreciate the deliciousness that entered my mouth. In fact, I don’t think a lot of my meals satisfy me the way they should because I don’t try to savor each and every bite. I mean yea everything I eat tastes great and I love it, but I generally feel let down after a meal and sad that I have to wait a while until the next one. Perhaps that’s why my thoughts are often consumed with food.

I think that if I took the time to enjoy each bite and taste all of the wonderful flavors I wouldn’t feel that way. Not only would my hunger be satisfied at the end of a meal, but so would my mind.

So today I googled “how to eat slowly”. Totally innovative search huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ These are some of the things I came up with that I can totally do if I put my mind to it!

  • Every time you take a bite, put your fork down immediately. The more we hold our fork in our hands, the more we are tempted to keep shoveling it in.
  • Chew your food as much as you can. Chew thoroughly and pay attention to texture, taste and substance.
  • Drink water in between bites.
  • Swallow what is in your mouth before preparing the next bite. Many people are busy loading up their utensils while their mouth teeth are still chomping away.
  • When it’s time to eat, do nothing but eat. Devote your full attention to the meal. Make it a habit to turn off the television and silence you cell phone. If you’re distracted by other activities, you may not notice how fast — or how much — you are eating.

I’m determined to slow down, baby! I think that food should be enjoyed- and that’s exactly what I hope to do more of ๐Ÿ™‚

Questions:

Do you eat fast or slow?

Do you have any “tips” on how to slow down when you eat and enjoy every bite?

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About In Sweetness and In Health

I'm Lindsay! I'm a 23 year-old graduate student in occupational therapy. I love all things health and fitness related and this blog will document my life as I learn to really love myself, try to stop worrying so much about my body, and truly take advantage of all the sweet things that life offers us.

Posted on August 10, 2011, in About Me, Health. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Ahh great tips!

    My hubby has turned me into such a quick eater! This was such a good reminder to slow down!

  2. Heheh I love the picture of the kitty cat. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m definitely a quick eater and tend to inhale things..especially when it comes to things in frozen and smoothie form.

  3. lillyandpearls

    I have this same problem!! I always eat supa fast and then crave more.. I usually don’t go back for seconds but it is a fight not too!! At least with fro yo that would require spending more money which is the main deterent!

  4. I’m actually a really slow eater, and I’ve been that way since I was a teeny tiny thing. I actually wish that I could more quickly sometimes, but I tend to feel sick and bloated if I eat too fast. One of my tips to slow down, though, would definitely be to not let yourself get too hungry. When I’m ravenous, I want to eat everything in sight as fast as I possibly can, but as long as I’m eating regularly and not letting myself reach that point, then I don’t feel like I need to eat that quickly.

  5. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I used to eat a lot faster of an eater, but during my weight-loss journey I decided that I needed to eat slower to savor bites and allow myself to get full. It is definitely a proven strategy for becoming more aware of what you eat!

  6. These are such great tips and ones I really must pay attention to! I eat at warp speed, for no reason at all! Right now for example, I am inhaling a cup of oh so amazing kettle corn… I am trying to savor it a bit more, but ehh it’s just not happening! I am going to try and be more mindful ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I eat pretty fast too. :/ And I also have a tendency to eat in front of the TV or computer, which I know isn’t good. I’m trying to remember to turn off all electronics before enjoying a treat that I REALLY want to savor!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I east quickly too – I should probably slow down! It’s just so good! I also am notoriously a really quick drinker. Even super hot drinks, I manage to drink really quickly!

    Ek. This is probably not a great eating characteristic to have! :/

  9. I eat so fast! I need to learn to slow down and enjoy it!

  10. Ugh I need help with this too! I usually finish dinner before my mom is even through with her salad! She always yells at me about it, too! I have tried to put my fork down between bites, but even that can’t seem to slow me down!

  11. I naturally eat crazy fast! I am right there with you on feeling sad or disappointed at the end of the meal. If I don’t consciously tell myself to eat slow, then my food is gone before I know it!

  12. Great advice on slowing down while eating. I tend to eat rather fast too because of the same high school experience of short lunch periods, and then while teaching I was only given 20 minutes. Totally not enough time!

  13. i eat so fast it’s scary. i need to slow down and definitely will be trying your tips…the last spoonful is always so sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ and i constantly think of the next meal too…you’re definitely not alone!

  14. Ahh I needed to read this! I am SUCH a fast eater it’s ridiculous. I’m totally with you, and hate when my meal is over. I have to utilize these tips fo’ sho’.

  15. I am suchhhh a slow eater. I think it comes from my disordered eating past, because I used to eat so little that I would want my meals to last so it felt like I was eating more. I definitely wasn’t that way during my 20 minute school lunches!! I do a lot of the things you listed. Drink water, put my fork down, really chew. I take pretty small bites and make sure it’s all swallowed before I pick up the next one. Good luck!

  16. I eat soooo slow. Like today, I ate lunch at my desk at work, and it took me about two hours (I was multi-tasking too). I’m always the last one at the dinner table, and I barely ate lunch in high school because I just didn’t have time. It’s kind of a problem because the people I’m eating with don’t always want to wait for me…and I feel bad that they have to wait. I’ve always been a slow eater though. I guess it’s better for my metabolism/eating habits!

  17. I’m always loading up my utensils while chewing! I catch myself doing this, and I feel like an animal.

  18. I definitely need to learn how to slow down too! I always finish my meals first & feel like I want more… ugh. Thanks for the tips though – some of them are really good!

  19. I am SUCH a fast eater too! I never thought about it in terms of school lunches- but that makes a lot of sense. In high school, we only had 20 minutes to eat! I have to remind myself to slow down and taste the food i’m swallowing!

  20. I eat soo soo fast. I’m always the first one done. Then I have to sit around while everyone else is still eating. I think it makes me overeat because my body doesn’t realize I’m full because I eat so fast.

    I try to drink in between bites, but I don’t really like drinking while eating (I’ve got some weird quirks). Sometimes I try talking and having conversations to slow me down.

  21. I’m a fast eater. I too blame it on my busy schedule. I used to go to school, gorge myself on pasta my mom could quickly cook for me since she worked too, then head off to soccer practice. I’ve always been kind of a fast eater. It helps that I try to always eat at the table, even if the hubby begs to eat in front of the tv!

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