19 Apr Drink Your Food and Eat Your Drink
“The faster you eat, the more likely you are to overeat.”
Gandhi once said that “we should drink our food and eat our drink”. What he was saying is take time and chew your food and take small sips of water. In general, people tend to eat too much, too fast and for all the wrong reasons. You won’t get sunk by bad eating habits if you take the time to understand what you’re doing wrong. It takes time for the body to tell the brain that it ‘s full. So the faster you eat, the less likely you are to feel satiated, and the more likely you are to overeat. Slowing down and learning to pace yourself, will almost certainly result in fewer calories being consumed, says Edward Abramson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University in Chico, and author of To Have and to Hold: How to Take off the Weight When Marriage Puts on the Pounds (Kensington Books, 1999).
If you’re eating because you’re ravenously hungry, drink a glass of water before you start to eat,” advises Joy Bauer, MS., RD.,CDN., from Joy Bauer Nutrition in New York City. If you’re simply a gobbler, gulp a beverage in between every bite and chew.
Dim the lights, put on some slow music, light some candles and make your meal a sensuous event that stretches over a few hours.
Put down your fork from time to time and take a minute or two before you start eating again.
Make your meals a fun occasion, something you look forward to enjoying leisurely. Perhaps look to the dinner hour as a time to sit down with the family and catch up on the day’s events. Having a conversation or telling a funny story will force you to slow down.
Good food for thought!
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water! What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.