So, I know that I’ve been talking a lot about food and eating habits this month, but it just so happens I have a lot to say on the subject so, I’m going to keep going. I hope that’s okay with all of you.
So today I’d like to delve further into eating habits. Or more specifically, eating speed. Meaning, the speed at which one eats. Personally, I am what absolutely everybody refers to as: a very fast eater.
When it comes to running, I guarantee that all of you can lap me even if I have a head start. But when it comes to eating, I can finish off a plate before you even pick up your fork.
I know. I know, it’s a really flattering skill, especially on dates and important business meetings.
Here’s your 6-step guide to acquiring this life skill:
- be really hungry when the food arrives.
- cease all conversation as soon as the plates hit the table.
- pick your fork up.
- put your head down.
- inhale all the food.
- forget that you even have a beverage until after you’re done.
Bam. The slow eaters guide to shoveling food in your mouth quicker.
HOWEVER, as much as this is a skill I know you’d all love to have, and if you do have it, it’s one in which you undoubtedly take an immense amount pride, it’s not exactly a “good” quality.
I know, I know, if you’ve ever been to dinner with someone like me you’re all: “that is so ladylike and cool the way she makes her spaghetti look like a tiny tornado just touched down between her plate and her mouth.” But you know what, eating fast is not as glamorous as it seems.
First of all, actually chewing your food leads to less indigestion. Second of all, you might actually find that you do not require as much food as you think you do if you slow down the pace at which you consume it.
It takes the brain a good 20-30 minutes to register that it is no longer hungry. It’s literally impossible to know how much food it takes to actually satiate you when you inhale all the food in 15 minutes flat. I certainly have NO idea. If you’re like me, you’re probably consuming way more food than you need, which- forget about the extra calories- can lead to an overall feeling of sluggishness, stomach pains, headaches, the unyielding urge to lie down, etc etc.
At the expense of my fellow fast eating family and friends, I’ve decided I’m going to try to slow down at meals. Why does this come at their expense you wonder? Well you see, when a fast eater has dinner with another fast eater, we “get” each other. (Fast eaters, amirite?) When a fast eater has dinner with a slow eater, we get very fidgety as we wait for you to finish and secretly will you to eat faster with our minds.
But, starting today I’m going to join the slow eaters and do things slow eaters do. I’m going to actually contribute to the conversation after the food comes. I’m going to sip my beverage throughout the meal. And dare I say it- I might even put my fork down half way through.
We’ll see how this goes.
What are your thoughts on this matter?? Are you a slow eater or a fast eater?
Fast eaters/ ex-fast eaters- have you ever tried slowing down before? What were the results?
Slow eaters- do you get anxious eating with fast eaters?