[NPR] Scarfing down your food? Here's how to slow down and eat more mindfully

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I’m off to apply for a job as a mindful eating lecturer! Wish me luck.


You can buy my coursebook.

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How 'bout you just trade me your coursebook for my downloadable meditative chewing app?


I have a tendency to scarf my food if I’ve been rushing in my meal preparation, which happens often on the three nights per week that I don’t get home until 8:30pm or so. I’ve gotten pretty good at having dinner on the table in 15-30 minutes, but an unfortunate side effect is that I’ll stay in ‘cram mode’ and start shoveling into my maw as soon as my butt hits the chair (sometimes even before). I need to take a deep breath, close my eyes, and let my heart rate slow. I’ve found that taking a drink of water and holding it in my mouth for a few seconds before swallowing helps, too.

My dad said my grandfather (his dad) chewed every mouthful 30 times before swallowing. I can’t do that. After about 20 chews, my bolus is pretty much already swallowed.