An admission: I do not chew my food, I inhale it; vacuuming the stuff in just about five minutes.
It is a bad habit, a very bad habit, a horrible habit. I am not sure when exactly did it start, but I suspect military service. During basic training we were given seven minutes for a meal. Later on, during the service, if you didn’t eat fast enough, nothing was left for seconds. That alone should have sufficed to form a bad sort of a habit. Yet, friends, other people who also served in the service, do not all eat as fast. Thus I cannot entirely blame the military.
Another admission: I do not care much for food. I mean, I like it to be tasty and all, but I am not a big foodie; if its digestible, vegetarian and I am hungry, I will eat it. I suspect that to be part of the issue. I view eating as a necessity, nuisance, something to be done with ASAP so I may get back to my other, more pressing matters. This is, of course, a mistake. Eating slow should be a priority as it is a source of health, physiologically and mentally. Not only does the food start disintegrating in the mouth, taking a load of the stomach, it also makes one feel full while we still eat. The result is that we may feel less enticed to overeat. Mentally, eating slow also puts one in a relaxed set of mind, taking time off between other assignments.
Of all this I am well aware, yet I do not put it to practice. Typically, I would recall that I should be eating slower just about when I am taking the last bite of my meal. “Oh Shucks,” (substituting another “S” word here…) I would say, “I should have eaten slower.”
Earlier today I read an interview with the actor Matthew McConaughey about his huge weight loss while preparing for his role as Ron Woodroof in the film Dallas Buyers Club. He mentioned that a technique he used was to eat ever so slow. In Macrobiotics, a dietary regimen I practiced many years ago, the rule of thumb was 20 chews for each mouthful. By my standards today, a meal like that would take eternity.
I know of other tricks to slow me down, such as putting my spoon or fork down everything I finish gathering food into your mouth. Another method takes it a step further by requiring one to put both hands on your thighs while you chew. It removes the shoveling element from the eating process, resulting in a slowdown. The problem is that none of these methods solve my basic issue: remembering to do all this on the meal’s start. Which brings me to the next point – I eat too late. I am so immersed with my work that I ignore hunger pangs and by the time I get up to grab a bite, it is exactly that: a grab.
Thus I am currently making some changes in my life/eating style. For starters, I sit down for breakfast. That is a new concept.
Next time you see me, if I lost 30 lbs, you will know this is working…
Learned from: a bad lifestyle and reading an interview with Matthew McConaughey