How to Make Every Bite Taste Better and Last Longer
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are like most of us, food can be both a pleasure and a frustration. There’s nothing like sitting down to a sizzling steak dinner, but there may be a little guilt along the way.
If you, like many of us, weigh just a bit more than you want to, those extra pounds can load you up mentally, too.
However, it may be easier than you think to escape this frustrating loop. Researchers are now telling us maintaining a reasonable weight may be as simple as eating mindfully.
Researchers presented studies at the European Congress on Obesity recently, indicating individuals who practiced mindful eating for 15 weeks lost an average of four pounds, while the control group only lost about two-thirds of a pound.
How Does It Work?
Mindful eating means savoring each bite of food that you take, eating slowly and giving full attention to the food. As you do, you may find you become full quicker, and actually enjoy meals more.
Contrast that approach to the way we often gobble breakfast, or munch through lunch while we work. Then along comes dinner with a load of calories that may be rapidly consumed amidst phone calls, television shows or other distractions.
The Mindful Process
Place a grape in your mouth. Feel the texture, size and weight of it. Slowly chew it. When it reaches the consistency of a watery substance, swallow it.
Go on from there, tasting and slowly chewing each forkful of salad, vegetable, or meat. Concentrate on the chewing. Take time to pause, sip water, and put your fork down. It also helps to eat with someone, and spend time talking while you eat.
I tried this process, and was pleased to find my eating speed was dramatically reduced. Skipping other distractions, and eating more often with others, meals became occasions, moved slower, and tasted better. Often I ate less, but was completely satisfied.
At first, the process may seem exaggerated, but gradually it can become a comforting habit. If you start to lose weight, you may find meals are now a pleasure with little guilt attached.
Nutritionists tell us the process of thoroughly chewing each bite helps to partially digest the food before it reaches the stomach. This avoids digestive upset, and makes sure your body benefits from all of the food’s nutrients.
However it works for you, if mindful replaces mindless when you are eating, you might be delighted with the results.
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