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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.

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    Thanks for the input. I've learned from Sparkpeople to eat slowly and therefore less. It's become such a habit that I'm invariably the last one done.
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    425 days ago
    Changing our eating habits isn't easy. It's worth it for our health in the end though. Wishing you lots of luck in making this something you do every day. emoticon
    429 days ago
  • BEFIT020
    I like the idea of putting your fork down between bites. emoticon
    430 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing your putting your fork down after every bit. I think I will try that.
    430 days ago
    Good practice at home near impossible at work
    430 days ago
    Great suggestions.
    430 days ago
    I tend to be the slowest eater in the family. Taking longer than 20 minutes is normally not my issue. I think it's mainly because I seem to be talkative person at the table. I do notice when I'm under 20 minutes it's usually when I have finger type foods like sandwiches or pizza...things I don't need a fork and knife with. So now when I eat those things, I take a bit and put the sandwich/slice of pizza down. Then when my mouth is empty I pick it back up for the next bite. It sure does help.

    Great blog and thanks for sharing.
    430 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    This concept is very helpful, but it is hard to implement in our daily lives. Good luck to you!
    430 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    Great blog. It is definitely hard to change our eating habits, but so worth it. Good luck in your endeavor to change up your eating habits.
    431 days ago
    I think it is hard to change our eating habits, but definitely worth it. Not only does eating slowly and mindfully prevent us from overeating, it helps us appreciate the flavor and texture of our food much more!
    431 days ago
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