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Chewing and eating speed

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I just read a comment involving the amount of chewing. All my life people have told me I eat too fast, and should chew more. I've tried, and I start out slow and speed up. Any tips on how to train oneself to eat slower? What exactly are the benefits of thorough chewing?

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on January 18, 2012
at 12:23 AM

That's funny, I sometimes find that when I'm doing other things while eating, I chew longer! Lol. I'm not sure how that works... I guess because I'm not bored? When I'm just eating and only eating, I find myself trying to hurry it up. But if I'm watching something and eating, I find that I can enjoy whatever I'm watching, and enjoy whatever I'm eating at a comfortable pace. I think I just like linking the two enjoyable things together, and appreciating both at the same moment? Hmm... now I have things to ponder...

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:00 AM

@Matt, I've read the opposite. As fruit digests much faster than meat many sites recommend eating fruit before meat.

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on January 15, 2012
at 10:58 PM

I got to find the evidence I read from some studies but always eat meat first because protein benefits highly from a high acidic environment for digestion and for the meat to land first in the stomach to acquire the right juice from the stomach is optimal.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 15, 2012
at 10:19 PM

No worries! Original post at: http://paleohacks.com/questions/89894/food-addiction-and-mindful-eating/89911#89911

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 15, 2012
at 10:15 PM

@raney, :O :O :O Sorry!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 15, 2012
at 09:56 PM

I'm not a she, thanks for quoting me though!

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on January 15, 2012
at 09:10 PM

  • The digestion already starts in your mouth. The longer, the better. Overall less digestive energy will be needed.
  • You eat slower and may eat less ( When you are eating slower, your brain can tell you that you are full)
  • Less stress. Just sit back and relax, no hurry.
  • Poorly digested food means poor absorption of the vitamins and nutrients that the foods you are eating provide
  • Less (chance for) reflux, flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, gas, IBS,....
  • Incomplete digestion can lead to bacterial overgrowth

I used to swallow my food more or less whole (I actually didn't notice that) and had a lot of reflux. It took a long time to change that as it takes a lot of time to change quite every (bad) habit. Just stick to it. Be persistent.

Chew your drink, and drink your food.

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on January 15, 2012
at 11:05 PM

i try to count at least 15 chews. i also make eating time special me time. no tv, no books, just me and the food which i prepared. and i practice gratitude in my head.. but thats not necessary.. heres a good site for this purpose: http://www.tcme.org/

edit: you want it to be pretty well chewed.. benefits are basically way less stress on your digestive system and better absorption of nutrients and efficency of digestive enzymes aka less tummy problems

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

(581)

on January 18, 2012
at 12:23 AM

That's funny, I sometimes find that when I'm doing other things while eating, I chew longer! Lol. I'm not sure how that works... I guess because I'm not bored? When I'm just eating and only eating, I find myself trying to hurry it up. But if I'm watching something and eating, I find that I can enjoy whatever I'm watching, and enjoy whatever I'm eating at a comfortable pace. I think I just like linking the two enjoyable things together, and appreciating both at the same moment? Hmm... now I have things to ponder...

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on January 15, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I definetely feel better and less bloated if I chew my food thoroughly. I also enjoy/savour the food more. I also find that if I eat too fast I'm prone to feeling both stuffed and unsatisfied at the same time, which can lead to binges. Chewing thoroughly and taking my time also helps me realise when I'm full and satisfied and don't need to eat more.

I still haven't perfected the art of slow eating and thorough chewing, but I can say that it helps to put the fork/spoon down and not pick it up again until you've chewed and swallowed a bite of food. Also trying to recognise all the flavours and enjoying them.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 15, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I can't remember who said it here, but someone on PH talks about mindful eating. In particular, she (I think) mentions putting down your fork and taking a breath to relax.

In my case, I don't go quite that far but I always eat a large salad before my main meal and I've found if I treat it like a bag of chips in front of the TV I tend to eat it slower and crunch each bite more thoroughly.

My point is, experiment and try to figure out what will cause you to eat slower. You can try reading :O while you eat, or reading PH, or whatever will stop you from non-stop shoveling of the food--I'm describing myself there, not you.

Eating your food thoroughly is great advice. If I start with a tasty main dish I don't tend to remember but if I start with fruit or salad I do. And then when I get to the main dish the edge is off my hunger and my world-famous shoveling technique doesn't come into play. :-))

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 15, 2012
at 09:56 PM

I'm not a she, thanks for quoting me though!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 15, 2012
at 10:15 PM

@raney, :O :O :O Sorry!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 15, 2012
at 10:19 PM

No worries! Original post at: http://paleohacks.com/questions/89894/food-addiction-and-mindful-eating/89911#89911

Aa1f07e23a47aed0d07b712645e0d213

(313)

on January 15, 2012
at 10:58 PM

I got to find the evidence I read from some studies but always eat meat first because protein benefits highly from a high acidic environment for digestion and for the meat to land first in the stomach to acquire the right juice from the stomach is optimal.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 16, 2012
at 02:00 AM

@Matt, I've read the opposite. As fruit digests much faster than meat many sites recommend eating fruit before meat.

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