Psych Centrals Slow Eating ChallengeEating slowly is not my specialty — and I don’t think I’m alone.

It’s hard to tell where the habit to rapidly shovel food toward my mouth came from, but I think it may have something to do with 12 years of 20-minute school lunches. Twenty minutes to find a place to sit, buy food, talk with friends and eat a turkey sandwich was hardly enough time, and you couldn’t even take food to your next class (unless you were sneaky…something I’m pleading the fifth on). Those quickfire childhood lunches combined with five years of a career where I routinely eat at my desk have created a monster: sometimes I’m not even tasting my food as I eat it.

Mindful Eating is quite the buzz phrase here on PsychCentral, with many of our wonderful bloggers advocating for a new way to see and experience food. The benefits of mindful eating include: actually tasting what’s in your mouth, easier digestion, lowered consumption and a better relationship with food in general. When we take time to chew slowly and experience our meal without the interruption of television, work or even, at times, conversation, we are able to connect with our bodies on a much more intimate level.

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PsychCentral’s Slow Eating Challenge: Are You Ready To Enjoy Food Again?

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  1. This is a great, great idea! I hope many of your readers participate and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

    One of the things I do (and teach my clients) is called Put the Fork Down. It’s shorthand taking a bite and then putting down all implements, including putting your hands in your lap. That short circuits the assembly line eating of loading up the next bite while chewing the first one.

  2. Fascinating challenge! I think I shall make a specific point of trying this with my meals today.

    I look forward to seeing everyone else’s experiences with slow eating!

  3. It would have been nice to participate in this but i did not receive the email until today, 9th May.
    thanks

  4. I have found somewhat of a trick to eat more slowly. The trick is, take TINY bites. Taking tiny bites does a few things, it automatically slows down the meal, because it will take you longer to get through the meal if you eat that way. Also, it enables you to chew your food more thoroughly, which aids your digestion, which enables your brain to get the signal earlier in the process that you have had enough…

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