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How fast are you going?

So, I’m reading a Brenda Kinsel blog post: she says she’s always “lived at 75 mph” and is just now trying to figure out how to slow herself down to 35! That brought to mind another way to outsmart your diet. Slow down!

Three questions to determine if you are going too fast:

  • do you ever eat snacks directly from the box or bag?
  • do you routinely turn off all electronics at mealtimes?
  • do your meals last at least 20 minutes?

Take time to serve yourself and enjoy the look of your food; you’re worth both a plate and a napkin!

Screens take your focus away from your beautiful plate. If there’s something SO IMPORTANT you must look at some device, then don’t eat. That topic deserves your undivided attention.

The 20 minute “rule” for a meal is backed by science. The stomach and intestines send several messages to the brain to let us know the food has arrived and its delish. Besides the chemical communications, the stomach even has stretch receptors to let you know you’ve eaten enough. But are you focused enough to hear the message: I’m full, I’m satisfied, you can stop eating now.

With time, you will trust your body to not eat more than it needs; slow down those meals to help manage your weight and be well,

Marcia

PS For those interested in the Stanford Study about organically grown foods, this brief summary will get you started: https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2012/09/little-evidence-of-health-benefits-from-organic-foods-study-finds.html

 

 

 

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