Food is the biggest part of our lives and to enjoy it is what we have to learn. We eat to live, to fill our hungry tummies, to satisfy our taste buds, to provide nutrition to our body but eating food without enjoying it has many negative effects. We when eat in a hurry we swallow air which causes bloating and gas, we sometimes overeat thinking we aren’t full with the given portions, we make wrong choices of food many a times and so on.
Even though time is a crunch and we are always trying to achieve goals, enjoying food is important for our health benefits. Have we ever stopped and looked thoroughly on our plate as to what are we eating? Have we ever given a pause to sense the aroma of the food we put in our stomach? Do we ever realize how delicious certain foods were?
It’s time for us to pause here and think what exactly we do when we have a plateful of food?
It’s time to slow down and enjoy your food ….why? Because of many reasons….
1. It is a common saying that we eat with our eyes but in reality we never have enough patience to scan our food thoroughly with our eyes because we are so hungry and don’t have enough time. This leads us to eating without thinking. We don’t even remember what we ate a day later and sometimes we don’t even feel satisfied after eating and want to munch on junk food even though our stomach is full. All this results in unhealthy eating and weight gain.
2. All foods are aromatic but we never remember the delicious and tempting smell of the food that we eat. We just gobble down the food so fast that even if we are full we get attracted to other foods the moment we get some nice smell from a distance. This activates false hunger pangs. We ultimately end up eating more than required.
3. Drink water after finishing food. Sometimes after eating we don’t feel satisfied so drinking a glass of water will tell us correctly whether we need to eat more or it was just a false notion.
4. Take small bites. When we are starving or eat in a hurry we end up eating big bites. The food finishes fast leaving us with an empty feeling or with a feeling that we need to eat more even though we ate the right portions. This leads us to overeating and consequently bloating thereby gaining weight.
5. Chew your food slowly. Every health expert emphasizes on chewing food but when it comes to actually applying this rule we lack in our endeavor. We have to focus on the chewing of food and enjoying every bit of it.
Slowing down while eating supports the digestive system to function accurately and helping you feel good by stimulating bowel movements appropriately. Slowing down while eating also helps you to eat right portions and prompts you to make right choices in selecting your food. The brain and the stomach work in coordination providing you with immense energy and positivity thereby encouraging good health and fitness.
Health tip of the week
“Eat slowly, enjoy every bite of your food and live healthy”