As my blog suggests, I’m a picky eater 🙂 And I think being picky about the things I put in my body has really helped me to stay healthy overall and maintain a healthy weight. So – I’ve been thinking of starting a “how to be a picky eater” series on my blog. It’ll be just quick tips and hints around incorporating the “picky eater mentality” into your life – things that have helped me in my quest to stay healthy!
One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I tend to eat slower than most people. I like to take 30 min-1 hour to enjoy, taste, savor my food. Even if I’m starving, I try not to inhale my food. I like to feel the flavors in my mouth and be mindful of what I’m eating. All of this contributes to eating slower and making the meal an “event” in my day.
For years, I’ve heard that eating slower helps people to consume fewer calories, but today I decided to do a bit of online research to see if there was any proof out there. And there was!
Last year, Reuters posted an article about the correlation between “slow eating” and a smaller calorie intake.
And in 2006, a study was conducted by researchers at the University of Rhode Island that came to the same conclusion – slower eating = fewer consumption of calories!
So what’s the moral of the story? Here’s a few tips to being a little more picky when you eat by slowing down your pace:
1) Look at your food. Ever notice how when kids eat food, they look at it, examine it and then taste it? Kids are often called “picky eaters” because of that. But that’s not such a bad habit, as long as you don’t make faces at your food or examine it for hours without eating it 😛
2) Think of your meal as an event, not just something to get through. Food is so yummy! You should enjoy every moment you’re eating, it shouldn’t be a task on your “to-do” list. Even if you only have 20 min to eat, don’t scarf down your whole meal in that time if you don’t feel like it. Eat as much as you can, savor it, and save the rest for another 10-20 min break you’ll get later.
3) Be present. This goes to the “don’t inhale your food” subject. If you’re mindful of what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, and how fast you’re eating, the whole experience will be more enjoyable and you won’t polish off 4 chocolate chip cookies without noticing.
Let me know if eating slowly helps you to manage your diet/nutrition better!