March is National Nutrition Month and this year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to learn how to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”
I often encourage my clients to savor the flavor of their food. Too often, people mindlessly eat and don’t really taste the flavor of their food. Slowing down and appreciating all the flavors of food and beverages, helps prevent overeating and increases the pleasure of eating.
Today, less time is spent purchasing, preparing, eating and enjoying food. How is all this fast-paced eating affecting us? Unfortunately, research shows that people who eat quickly are more likely to be overweight than those who eat slowly.
Why? It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the signal of what has been eaten. Eating slowly allows one to feel full while eating less calories. If you’re feeling stuffed after a meal, you’ve eaten more than your body actually needs. This leads to weight gain.
Eating slowly helps you fully enjoy each bite, sensing flavors and textures and increasing satisfaction. When you eat, focus on eating instead of multi-tasking, chew foods thoroughly, and put utensils down in-between bites. These habits will help you slow down your eating pace. Savor the flavor of healthy eating and enjoy your meals more for better health.
For more information, visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics two websites, www.eatright.org or www.kidseatright.org, which include practical articles, recipes, videos and educational resources that promote good nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle. For interactive National Nutrition Month games, visit www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/games.