Once upon a time, gathering and preparing our food must have been a full day’s work. Now, the time it takes to whip a meal or find a fast food meal to eat is more like a sprint in our day. When I did individual nutrition counseling, some of the best feedback I received from clients were that when they slowed down and savored their meals they felt better!
I think there are many factors involved with this phenomenon of slowed down eating and feeling better. One being simply digestion, we are wired physiologically to release proper digestive enzymes at least 20 minutes after food is is the digestive tract. So by eating slowly, you help with the proper timing of these enzymes. Other factors such as savoring the aroma of the meal, enjoying your time with meal companions and appreciating the assembly of the meal ambiance that can also contribute to benefits of a slow food meal!!
So, my fellow Sustainable High Performers, celebrate your meal times and take your time… let time be on your side and know you are contributing to your good health.
by Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition