Mealtime: It's Not a Race
Our fast paced lives often dictate how much time we have to consume our meals. Eating too quickly poses many problems. When we eat too fast, the stomach does not have time to tell us when it is full. This is part of the reason many people are overweight. Overeating stretches the stomach creating a vicious cycle. The more you eat, the larger your stomach becomes. The larger your stomach, the more food it takes to satisfy your hunger.
In an attempt to establish healthy eating habits, there are few things you can do to accomplish your goal. A few of them include:
- Don't rush through your meal. Take the time to enjoy the colors and flavors in your food.
- Chew each bite thoroughly and rest between bites.
- To make sure you take enough time between bites, remember to set your fork or spoon down after each mouthful.
- Eat smaller portions and practice moderation when it comes to your favorite foods.
- Eliminate distractions. Turn off the television or radio and put your cell phone in a different room.
- Eat at the table with your family. Strike up a conversation and spend quality time with your family or friends
- Sip on a glass of water before, during and after your meal. Drinking a glass of water before you eat will make you feel full before you set down to the table.
- Don't eat when you are upset.
Before you set down to your meal, take a few minutes to relax. Eating while you are stressed out or frustrated can lead to indigestion and stomach upset. The more time you take to establish healthy eating habits, the more nutrients you will gain from your food. You will feel better and it will be easier for you to manage your weight effectively.
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