Published: 03/27/2015 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Relax. Eating quickly is bad for your health. Give yourself a special time to eat peacefully and enjoy it the way this girl does eating her watermelon. We all know that being in a hurry and the demands of modern times often times don’t allow us to eat slowly and to enjoy our meals. If you’re one of those people that eats in a hurry, eating anything just to kill the hunger, you need to know the consequences that this has on your health. Even though you may not notice it at the moment, your body really does suffer from foods that don’t have enough saliva, or that aren’t chewed and ground up properly.
When eating quickly
- Foods aren’t chewed appropriately, causing a series of digestive disorders, like heavy digestion, stomach aches, etc.
- Lack of grinding up foods makes the body work harder and spend more energy, taking away from the body. This will make you feel more tired.
- It stresses digestive functions and slowly wears them down, causing severe health problems over time.
- Eating food quickly could cause one to swallow air, which causes stomach aches, gas, and belching.
- You could be tempted to eat junk food, which in no way feeds the body. Even though you may not notice it, your cells, tissues, and systems will start to deteriorate due to a lack of nutrients and toxins caused by junk food.
- Eating quickly or under stress or anxiety prevents the nutrients in food from being absorbed properly. So even though you eat well, the nutrients turn to toxins if you’re in a hurry or nervous because you’re in a rush.
In order to best enjoy your foods, we recommend the following:
- Every time you say “all I need is 15 minutes to eat”, then you will definitely eat quickly. Do not condition your meal times to this time frame, regardless of how many things you need to do. It is important that you dedicate at least an hour to meals, and try to avoid watching the clock.
- Whenever you eat you should chew and salivate over your foods well. Digestion starts with good salivation. If you don’t keep food in your mouth long enough, it will be difficult for your stomach to digest them.
- Whenever you eat, avoid talking too much. Opening your mouth while eating will cause you to take in air, which will fill your stomach with gas and will prevent you from salivating enough.
- Chew your food at least 10 times. This might seem a bit funny at first to count each chew, but by doing so you will not only chew your foods better, but you will pay more attention to what you are eating and will use your food better.
- If you feel nervous, anxious or rushed, drink a mint or chamomile infusion beforehand and try to relax for 10 minutes. Educate your body so that you don’t pressure yourself with time, and remember that you are the one that needs to control your body and time, and not the other way around.
- Do not teach children to eat quickly, nor should you pressure them. This time is very important for educating their palate, their habits, and more. Serve them food, and if they’re not hungry, take the plate away, but don’t rush them.
- Set aside an hour a day exclusively to eat, and avoid postponing your mealtimes.
- We recommend not eating fast food, which is the food that provides the least amount of nourishment to the body. If there’s not better place to eat, make your food at home and take it to work or school.
- Avoid eating sweets between meals, like cakes, chocolates, etc., just to calm anxiety or nerves. This could truly affect your health. It’s better to drink a chamomile or mint tea if you feel anxious.
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