Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's 4:13....Did you eat lunch today?

I came across some very interesting facts today...all about fast eating. Not 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 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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments. I have been trying to get my husband to eat slower forever. It is not happening. I have to eat slowly or food gets stuck in the tubing. I am always telling my children to slow down.
Teaching school, I have noticed it is easier to not each lunch, because I need to be able to relax when I eat. I only get 30 minutes for lunch before the next group of kids show up, so usually I just relax and read.
But being the last one to finish eating has it advantages. You can finish in peace and eat a bite from the pan when no one is looking. Then when everyone is starving in an hour, you can say things like "how can you be hungry, you just ate." "I'm still full." And other such assorted comments.
Thanks for starting your website. It is so nice to look up my favorite recipes when I am on the road or visiting with family and need to do some cooking. Yeah!!
Thanks, Debbie Lichfield
St. Johns, AZ