Are you a speed eater? Most folks are. But slowing down your eating pace is good for you and it’s easier to do than you think. Eating slowly is the foundation that supports most other nutritional habits. Yet people struggle to slow down their eating.
That’s why I’m offering you these slow eating tips!
Slow eating requires time, commitment, and practice. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a month or so and just focus on this one habit.
1. Use a reminder. “Don’t put food on your fork…… if there is food in your mouth!”
Other reminders can include:
• Placing a tortoise ornament near your place setting. A creative reminder to slow down, don’t you think?
• Lighting a candle and using the scent to remind yourself to slow down.
• Sitting at a different seat or even in a different room.
2. Do something between bites. One client of mine pets his cat.
3. Notice what affects eating speed. Even something as subtle as silence or background music can trigger us to speed up or slow down, which is why some clients have found success with their 20-minute “slow eating” playlists. And if you’re over-hungry when you sit down to your meal, I guarantee you’ll eat too fast.
4. Add one minute per meal. At the beginning of a meal, start a clock and see if you can make each meal one minute longer than the meal before.
Try these tips and see if they help you slow down. And if you’ve tackled this habit, let me know your tips and I’ll pass them along to others. We all benefit from each other when learning how to improve our healthy habits.
On a different topic altogether………….
Have you ever given much thought to your decision-making process?
I’m always looking to better understand how and why I make the decisions I make.
Here’s what Carole Hildebrand wrote in her book On Time about making decisions. It make good sense to me so see what you think.
“Most of us have weak decision-making muscles. We do not realize what it means to make a real decision. We fail to recognize the force of change that a truly congruent, committed decision makes.
The word “decision” comes from Latin roots, with de meaning “down” or “away from” and caedere meaning “to cut.” Therefore, a decision means cutting from any other possibility. A true decision means you are committed to achieving a result and cutting yourself off from any other possibility.
Committed decisions show up in two places: your calendar and your bank account. No matter what you say you value, or even think your priorities are, you have only to look at last year’s calendar and bank account to see the decisions you have made about what you truly value.
See how you have reserved your time. Look at your expenditures. Those are the trails to the decisions you have made.”
Her thinking on this topic resonated with me because I feel there’s a lot of truth to it.
Easy to say what we think our values are but looking at how we spend our resources, in this case time and money, really does give us insight and speaks truth.
Until next month,
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