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Healthy Eating Tip: Take 20 Each Meal

The body takes about 20 minutes to recognize it's full. This means if you scarf down your lunch or dinner in less than ten minutes, you may not realize that you've actually overeaten, and you're actually full, until it's already down the hatch. I know this is easier said than done, but do yourself a favor by trying to make each meal last at least 20 minutes. You may find that slowing down your eating habits could slow down how many calories you take in at every meal.

I timed myself today at lunch and I finished in seven minutes! I am definitely going to try to slow it down tomorrow. Do you already try and eat slower? Share your tips below.


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Anneliese15270667 Anneliese15270667 3 years
I know it's "against the rules", but I am always on the computer while I eat & I make sure I finish reading at least 2 paragraphs of an article while I chew before I take my next bite. If I just sit down with nothing to do but eat I find it boring, so I scarf down my food as quickly as possible to get it over with.
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 9 years
I tired the trick i learned here, eating with your non-dominate hand - works great!
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 9 years
i always have been a quick eater. i try to savor every single bite i take so i realize when i'm ready to quit.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
If you tend to eat your food too fast try making something that just takes longer to eat like a salad. I can inhale a sandwich in 2 minutes but a salad takes me at least 15. Steaks also take forever to eat (and are plenty healthy if grass-fed).
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Slowing down to eat is good, because properly chewed food is more easily utilised by the body (nutritionally). Liquids have been bounced around as being bad to drink during meals...there seems to be little proof but a lot of health-oriented websites propose that its bad for digestion to "water down" the bodies own fluids. Seeing as I have been drinking with meals all my life I am not sure I would ever buy this. On the other hand, if you find you are "washing down" food with liquid during a meal, and not taking time to savour and chew it properly, then maybe consider NOT drinking during a meal to teach you to pace yourself and eat properly first, because I do think that is a mis-use of liquids. You should give your body time to react to the food you eat, which also gives you time to properly appreciate it and enjoy it. My boyfriend eats so fast it drives me berserk, I have to avoid watching him do it, because I swear I think I would choke if I ate like he did! O_O
chhavi chhavi 9 years
i take small-small bites :)
sailing-chick sailing-chick 9 years
I found that I was eating way to fast so I started putting my knife and fork down between each meal and not picking them up again to cut my next bit of food until I had completely finished the previous mouthful. It does work and if your eating a sandwich they say that you should put that down between mouthfulls, but I find that it falls apart so I just hold it in my hands and wait until I've completely finished the current mouthful
cyrizzle cyrizzle 9 years
i've always been a slow eater. i'd get in trouble as a kid sometimes for eating so slow. i feel like if i eat too fast though, i end up with a bunch of air in my stomach. eating slow works better with my natural body rhythm.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I wanted to slow down eating after seeing a post on here previously, and i think that if you consciously try to eat slower, eventually you do without knowing it. I notice now it takes me as long to eat half a meal as it does most of my friends to eat their whole.
IKindaHeartU IKindaHeartU 9 years
This is really hard for me to do but I totally admit it is kinda gross to just inhale your food! That tip about drinking water after each bite is really good Greentea1203. Classy too.~_^
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I've been trying to eat slower, but my boyfriend always picks on me for still eating my appetizer while he's finished with his dinner.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
this is my biggest problem. i even finish meals before my fiance, who i consider to eat like a pig! :-/
missyd missyd 9 years
do you actually really enjoy it when you inhale it though? I think fast eating is not only bad for you, it bad manners/rude when you are in company of someone else. I know a teenager that does it, and it grosses me out to eat with him
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
I'm notorious for hoovering my food! Even my boyfriend eats slower than me. I think the most awful thing is letting your food get cold! LOL
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
i am the slowest eater on the face of the earth.. so i don't have this problem!
rice-a-roni rice-a-roni 9 years
I eat lunch in front of my computer, surfing the sugar sites. I tend to stretch my actual eating time to 30 minutes or more just by getting distracted by the internet! I also pack my lunch and therefore control how much food I have around me.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
in resturants i pace myself to keep at pace with my dinning mates but alone i'm pretty sure i eat way too fast! i'll have to work on that!
Cebca Cebca 9 years
I get made fun of all the time for how slow I eat. But basically, I love eating, but I don't want to eat too much, so slowing it down increases how I long I get to be eating! I take small bites (using smaller utensils helps - I use dessert forks and mini-spoons) and make sure to chew everything longer. I need to work on remembering to drink while I eat, though.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I make sure to chew each bite fully and then take a sip of water after each bite. It usually works.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I try and eat slow @ work!
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