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”…