Go Easy on Your Food

Go Easy on Your Food
by Jennifer Elliot | February 10, 2014

Eating is a mindful practice and when people eat too fast, they tend to miss the pleasure and flavor of the food. Eating fast makes you eat too much and this habit ultimately makes you realize that your food is at fault for making you fat. But before you blame your food for that pudgy waistline around your body, sneak a peek into your eating pattern. Perhaps speedy and mindless eating is the real culprit. 

What Happens When You Eat Too Fast

Whether you eat in a hurry or you have an unhealthy habit of eating quickly, you must be aware of the fact that shoveling your food down can lead to some serious problems.

You can get Upset Stomach

Eating too fast increases your risk of indigestion and often causes heartburn. That particular kind of indigestion you experience when you eat too fast is called gastroesophagal reflux. It is a health condition which causes burning in the throat and the chest. In severe cases it also narrows the oesophagus thus making it difficult for you to swallow food. Heartburn or acid reflux is sometimes also mistaken for a heart attack due to the pain, discomfort and irritability it causes. Therefore eat slowly to avoid that painful and uncomfortable bowel sensation and stave off upset stomach.

Overeating and Weight Gain

Scarfing food leads to excessive eating. Here's how this leads to weight gain. Your stomach and brain work in coordination to control your appetite. It takes twenty minutes for your stomach to communicate to your brain and indicate that you have consumed enough food. Your brain basically signals you to stop eating. But when you are engrossed in stuffing food, the tuning between your mind and stomach goes awry because you tend to cram yourself with too many calories before your mind can stop you. Perhaps this is the reason why its referred to as mindless eating.

Don’t fill your stomach with emotional eating. You eat fast because you rely on your emotional eating instead of your brain alarms that signal you when to halt eating. Therefore you end up eating too much food that causes you to gain weight.

You Lose the Zest of Cuisine

Don’t deprive yourself of the flavor, aroma and charm of the food by eating in a rush. Enjoy your food and relish each bite. Don’t rush your food. Give yourself a moment of relaxation and your stomach a streak of ease. Eat slowly yet mindfully. Mindful and easy eating helps you eat less while enhancing the pleasure of dining.

Food is usually eaten swiftly while you are working at the desk or driving. When your attention is divided you tend to eat more and this excessive eating does not give you much time to enjoy your food.

Benefits of Eating Slow

  • Easy healthy eating keeps you away from stomach discomforts.
  • It helps you enjoy your food.
  • It gives you a toned and trimmed waistline.
  • Slow eating helps your body absorb more nutrients from your food.

You eat fast because either you are too busy to slow down or quite famished to experience the delicious dining pleasure. Have you ever thought about what happens to your body when you gobble down the food? Do your body some favors by slowing down your consumption. Savor the flavor and relish every bite!

About the Author - Jennifer Elliot

Jennifer Elliot takes her Nutrition (and yours) very seriously! She believes that the strongest weapon we have against all diseases, ailments and conditions is Nutrition. She also widely promotes the importance of exercise to maintain optimal health. Keep an eye out for Jenniferu2019s articles to remain updated on how to lead a nutritious life!

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