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Savvy Ways to Put a Different Spin on Food

By Sandy Schroeder

Food can be a stabilizing, satisfying, or tantalizing part of the day. Eating for energy just makes sense. Enjoying a wonderful meal with friends can be very satisfying. Gobbling a burger or fries for lunch, or reaching out for one more chocolate to get through the afternoon can be irresistible.

Wherever you are with food, the recent figures from BMJ may be worth noting. The research findings link eating rapidly with obesity and a larger waistline.

A six-year study of almost 60,000 people with type 2 diabetes found only 22 percent of the slow eaters were overweight, while 45 percent of the fast eaters were obese.

Eating fast happens a lot. You are late for a meeting and breakfast becomes a bagel devoured on the way to work. You are in the midst of a big project, and that burger and fries just disappears as you work through lunch. If you eat alone after a long day, dinner may becomes a solitary affair as you work your way through a pizza in front of your favorite show.

In between, it’s easy to munch through cookies in the afternoon, or power through chips and dip as you watch your favorite sports at night.

Breaking the habit could make several differences. When we eat with friends, we take time to talk and everything tastes better. When we turn off our phones and sit down to dinner with our kids, eating may slow down, too, as we share our thoughts and tune in.

Here are some more tips from Dr. Rosen and Dr. Oz on

  • Get away from your desk at lunch to eat with friends or pack a lunch and take a walk
  • Drink water between bites of food
  • Chew food to a softer pre-digested consistency
  • Drive right by your favorite drive-thru and eat at home
  • Take 30 minutes or more for each meal
  • Make eating a real pleasure, time for good food shared with family or friends

In each case, eating slowly can reduce the amount of food eaten as the body has time to signal that it’s full.

If you want to lose weight, or just maintain your current weight, finding ways to eat differently can be an easy way to drop pounds and enjoy food more. Every time I remind myself of how this works, I wind up sharing more meals with friends and families, trying new recipes, and avoiding most of my “food traps” in fast food. In the process, I always drop a few pounds.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Irvine, Calif.

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