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Eat With Good Form
When you watch a diver or figure skater compete, you comment on what good form they have. The slide into the water or across with ice with grace and fluidity. Lifting weights requires you to have proper form to prevent injury.
Have you ever thought about your eating form? I saw an article in the Seattle Times recently that made me really think about how we eat can affect our digestion and our ultimately our waistline.
My 5 Tips for Eating With Good Form
- Location, location, location. Eat at the kitchen or dining room table only. When we eat at our desks, in the car, in front of the tube, or walking around the house, we are not being fully conscious and aware of the food going in to our mouths.
- Slow down. If you gulp down your calories in a matter of seconds, your body doesn't have time to signal to your brain that it is full and you end up overeating. You may also be gulping more air when you eat quickly which can lead to digestive dilemmas like gas. Slowing down also allows you to chew your food well. Drink water throughout the meal to aid in digestion.
- Enjoy the scenery. Engage with others at the table in conversation. Talk about your plans for the day at breakfast time or the best parts of your day at the dinner table. Eating should be enjoyable and relaxing, and part of that is socializing with family and friends.
- Take small bites and small portions. Eating from smaller plates leads to eating less at the meal. Taking smaller bites allows you to enjoy fewer calories at one time but still get the flavor of the food.
- Bridge your hunger. Have small snacks between meals so that you are not ravenously hungry when you get to your meals which leads to eating too much and too quickly.