If you read the “Slow Food Manifesto,” you’ll see that it’s not just about health – it’s about a lifestyle. And whether you want to adopt that lifestyle or not, there are some reasons you should consider the simple act of eating slower:
-Lose weight. A growing number of studies confirm that just by eating slower, you’ll consume fewer calories – in fact, enough to lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full.
If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time. Now, it is still best that you eat healthier foods, but if you’re looking to lose weight, eating slowly should be a part of your new lifestyle.
-Enjoy your food. This reason is just as powerful. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. In fact, it’s fine to eat sinful foods, if you eat a small amount slowly. That’s math that works. And that argument aside, you are just happier by tasting great food and enjoying it fully, by eating slowly.
-Better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better, which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the mouth, so the more work you do up there, the less you’ll have to do in your stomach.
-Less stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating, can be a great form of mindfulness exercise. Be in the moment, rather than rushing through a meal thinking about what you need to do next.
-Rebel against fast food and fast life. Our hectic, fast-paced, stressful, chaotic lives – the Fast Life – leads to eating fast food, and eating it quickly. This is a lifestyle that is dehumanizing us, making us unhealthy, stressed out, and unhappy.
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