Eat S-L-O-W-L-Y

Author: J. Taylor

Scarfing down your food is never a good idea.  But, after having any type of bariatric surgery, it is a very bad idea.  Remember, you now have a teeny-tiny tummy, and scarfing down food would be like swallowing a baseball.  Not a pretty picture.  It hurts, too.

Learn to develop better eating habits, like chewing thoroughly and eating slowly.  I’ve adapted these habits by using the meal time to focus on those I am eating with.  I talk with them, listen to their events of the day, help them plan for the future, etc.

By doing this I am eating more slowly, because conversation takes time.  Since I am eating more slowly, I actually end up eating less; my body is processing the bites of food while I am talking/listening and before I know it, I’m feeling full.

It is also easier for me to chew my food more thoroughly when I focus on other’s conversation.  As they talk, I chew and chew and chew.  By chewing like this, I am breaking down my food before it reaches my stomach, and the stomach is able to easily handle it.  That’s much better than taking a bite of chicken, chewing twice and delivering a big chunk to my tummy.  I’m pretty sure I heard my tummy whisper “thank-you”…

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