Why You Should Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food

In our fast-paced culture, it's no surprise we scarf down food as we are busy doing other things -- working, cooking, watching TV, socializing. Before you know it, that delicious meal you sat down to enjoy is gone, and you aren't exactly satisfied. Paying more attention to what you're eating helps you consume less, improves digestion, enhances your dining experience, and allows the natural signals of fullness to register.

Here are my top tips for slowing down at meal time:

  • Use chopsticks for all cuisines when you’re eating at home. It will automatically slow down your rate of eating and the amount of food you’re going to eat. If you’re a pro with chopsticks, make sure to use them in the opposite hand.
  • When you’re out at a restaurant, make sure to eat with your non-writing hand, be the talker, not the eater, put your fork and knife down after every few bites, and have your water glass filled up at least three times.
  • When eating at home, take a few minutes to decompress after a long day instead of diving straight for the fridge. Don't give food the power to relieve your stress! Also use a timer until you get used to eating at a slower pace.