The 20-Minute Meal
Friday, July 19, 2019
This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Blog about this month’s focus, the 20 minute meal. Most Americans eat too fast, and, as a result, they take in too many calories before they realize they've eaten enough. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness. Leisurely eating allows ample time to trigger the signal from your brain that you are full. And feeling full translates into eating less. Are you a fast eater or do you take your time to be mindful during meals? Share your ideas about how you slow down or what you'd like to do to slow down with your eating.
Since focusing on the 20-minute meal this month, I have realized that I do often eat my meals in less than 20 minutes. I have been trying to slow down, but to be honest I have had a hard time remembering to do that. The strategy I would like to implement is putting down my fork after each bite. I have done this a few times so far, and it definitely slowed me down. I think it’s a good practice, and I would like to be more consistent about it. I also want to be more mindful about what I am eating. I want to really pay attention to it, and limit my distractions while I am eating.