I came across some very interesting facts today...all about fast eating. Not fast food...fast eating! Did you know that:
People who eat quickly until they're full are 3 times more likely to be overweight? The World Health Organization estimates around 400 million people are obese, 20 million of those under the age of 5.
Slow eating encourages conversation, good digestion and a chance for your body to actually realize you're full instead of overstuffing yourself. My Mom used to sit at the table with me for our PB&J sandwich lunches and it was fun. We enjoyed ourselves and I still remember learning so much from my Mom just because we took the time to "sit a spell" (as they used to say). When we're old enough to go to school, we learn really fast how to gorge down our lunch in 20 minutes. Then we go to work and most likely are opting for the drive-through and lunch on the run. Sooner or later we pay the price. Where's the Tums? Did I eat lunch or not? My pants must have shrunk! You get the idea...so slow down, take the time to enjoy every bite, be mindful of your meal and anyone sitting around the table with you. I refuse to let life push me through a great steak and even better company! I hope you'll join me in savoring every bite.