There is a lot of talk about slowing down when eating. Not only does it help you to lose weight (as it takes your brain 20 minutes to feel like you’re full), but it also helps us to practice mindfulness. In the meditation classes I teach, we practice eating something very slowly to really observe everything about the food that we are eating – from the initial smell of the food to the texture of the food and of course the taste of the food.
Dr. Andrew Weil’s gives us a little more insight to the Slow Food Movement. I have posted it here…
The Slow Food Movement – which started in Italy in the 1980s – encourages people to slow the pace of life in order to truly savor not only foods and beverages, but the pleasure of eating, the companionship of friends and family sitting around the table, and enjoying the company of others. Traditional foods that are fresh, made from local ingredients, and served during leisurely meals are the focus of this movement. From a health perspective, this philosophy is a much-needed departure from “fast foods” which are designed to be eaten on the run and are often made of highly processed ingredients. If you want to follow the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement, start by shopping for fresh, organically grown local produce and baked goods at farmers’ markets; patronize restaurants that specialize in local or regional foods; and keep family traditions alive. Think about the foods your grandparents prepared for holidays or family gatherings, and try to replicate what you can.
If you want to learn more about the Slow Food Movement USA, click here.
Remember, slow down, enjoy, and live in the moment!