Eating SlowlyI've recently been eating slowly and mindfully to help keep me calmer and to reduce my anxiety which pumps through me as a result of my Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a nice side effect, I've also lost weight.
I've been reading a lot about mindfulness in an effort to tame the beast that is PTSD. I found that I used to bolt down my lunches and dinners, another example of my high anxiety making me go at one hundred miles an hour. So, I now take the time to chew and savour my food, really tasting it and enjoying the sensation in my mouth. This, and other efforts, are helping to keep me calm, as well as a lot of medication!
I knew from my nurse training that it takes 20 minutes for the brain to tell your stomach that it is full. So, I try and make each meal last this long, so no more puddings or chocolates after my meals. I don't miss them as I'm feeling fuller for longer. My depression makes me crave sugar and over-eat, so this helps overcome this.
Putting down my fork or spoon between mouthfuls slows me down even more and all this has helped me drop four pounds in the first few weeks.
I never eat at the computer or have my mobile phone or tablet on the go, I devote my attention to eating.
It'll help if you have gastric reflux or indigestion too.
Give it a try and let me know how you get on and if you've any tips!
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