WHY HOW YOU EAT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT YOU EAT.

Most of us know what we’re supposed to eat to reach our health and fitness goals right? You know, things like whole foods, lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and lots of fruits and veggies. But do you know how you eat is important too?

As moms and busy people, we don’t have a lot of time to eat. We’re usually scarfing down our lunch as we clean up messes, break up fights, and try to make sure our little ones are getting more food in their mouths than on the floor.

For those without children or working adults tend to eat in between meetings, conference calls or in their cars.

Unfortunately, gorging on food is not an ideal thing to do when we want to lose weight and feel great. In fact, we’re supposed to eat slowly and chew everything until it’s liquid. But let’s be honest, most of us probably struggle with this.

WHY WE SHOULD EAT MORE SLOWLY.

Eating too fast can lead to digestive issues. Our digestion begins in the mouth and it’s important to chew our food properly to aid in the overall digestive process. Which means less gas, bloating, and stomach upset.

For those of us with weight loss goals eating more slowly also allows our brains and bodies to better communicate and helps us to avoid overeating. We should ideally eat until satisfied not stuffed but that’s hard to do when we eat too quickly.

HOW TO EAT MORE SLOWLY.

Here are a few quick tips to make eating slowly more practical.

  1. Set a timer. I know this may sound a little ridiculous but it should take us about 15-20 minutes to eat each meal. So break out your smartphone and set a timer for 15 minutes. It’s okay if we don’t get it right the first time but at least we know what we have to work on.
  2. Put your fork down between bites. Okay, so a timer may not work for you. But to make sure you’re taking the time to really chew your food properly put down your fork or spoon between bites and that will automatically slow you down.
  3. Drink a sip of water between bites. Same idea as before, it just gives you a break between bites.
  4. Eat without distractions. That means putting our phones down and turning off the television and computers. Eating while distracted is another easy way to overeat. Scrolling through our phones or while typing on our computers makes it harder to stop eating before we’re stuffed.

If you struggle with what to eat and/or how to eat more slowly than my online in-person coaching is for you. I can give you the support, encouragement, and accountability you need to look, feel and move better! Contact me today. I’d love to help you start living a healthy, fit lifestyle you LOVE!

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