Eating too quickly

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    Sep 12, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    Anyone else eat way too quickly? I find that I am not in a hurry yet I end up eating as if I'm running out the door. I often stuff more food into my mouth before I'm done swallowing the previous bit.

    I've tried to be conscious about it but its been difficult to quit. When I eat too quickly the food isn't broken down properly in my mouth for enough time thus leading to indigestion. The overeating aspect is a concern too but less of a concern to me than the indigestion from wolfing meals down.

    Anyone else have this problem? Know any good ways to kick the habit? If you did manage to slowdown and properly breakdown food in your mouth, did you notice a difference in how you felt and also in how your body processed said food?
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    I often eat too quickly and too much... Then I double up on my workouts to counter the calories lol.

    Sometimes when I stop to think I'll slow down. One way to do it is to set your fork down between each bite, or if eating a burger, set the burger down between each bite. Also try to stick to healthy food when you can.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    sure do.. ! Was taught in Marine Corps boot camp how to 'inhale' food.. still do to this day!
    How to stop? dunno
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    I used to have a problem with eating too quickly, which led to over-eating. I still eat the fastest out of my whole family, but I'm much better now. I find that you eat fastest when your hungry. Try to avoid putting yourself in situations where that happens. My mom used to tell me to chew like fifty times before swallowing, but I could never do that, I find that after 10-15 chews its good enough to be swallowed (It probably varies though. My teeth are really good at breaking down food, so it may take longer for other people.)
    As long as you train yourself to be aware of the state of the food in your mouth, you'll be fine.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    I have always eat to fast it just seems normal for me though.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    All the time, too fast to realize how full and in pain I'm in.
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    Sep 12, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    I used to eat plates of food in minutes. But after being homeless I began to appreciate every delicious bit of the food I had in Boston. Now I eat for the experience and quality in every bite. All 15 to 20.
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    Sep 12, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    No. I sometimes wonder if there is something wrong with me because I eat too slowly. When I go out for dinner with friends, they're done before I'm halfway through.

    And then I had some teenagers in the house for a week, working on the farm (family friends.) Dinner time was sort of like a pack of sharks in a feeding frenzy. I was afraid if I reached across the table for the pepper mill, I'd lose my hand.

    Maybe that's what it takes to get tall and buff.
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:03 AM GMT
    Er.. I can't help it. I get really hungry and... well... I wolf down my food. D:
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:37 AM GMT
    If eaten to quickly before and didn't chew my food. Lets just say I learned my lesson. Almost choked.
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidIf eaten to quickly before and didn't chew my food. Lets just say I learned my lesson. Almost choked.



    Same here. Got in the habit of eating way way too fast. One day I almost choked. It was horrible. . . had to go to ER so they could take it out. I was lucky.

    Like the poster above, I learned my lesson. The next day I started chewing my food and eating normally.
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    Sep 12, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    I'm the opposite. I'm usually the last one to finish at the table. When I was younger friends used to joke "You keep eating. We'll be back tomorrow for you". icon_redface.gif

    I have met some that some tend to eat very quickly and they all have weight issues.
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    This is a sign of a troubled mind, relax its just food. According to many doctors, one should chew his food atleast 32 times before swallowing.
    Also Mahatma Gandhi has once predicted that, in future keeping health in mind one will have to drink his food and swallow his water. Roughly speaking chew ur food till its juice and dont drink water too quickly let the ur saliva be mixed with ur food which helps in digestion more efficiently.
    good luck.
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    Yess I do from what has been around me and among everyone. Im not too sure about the swallowing part but i know I am a fast tempo eater with my jaw 59.gif, probably that will come into play when im biting something chewee something that is tough and not well tenderized.
    My dad and a friend told me so by chewing slow you burn more calories icon_rolleyes.gif I still don't quite buy that theory yet but yea I still do eat at my pace but it varies on what type of food.

    The problem I faced is that when I'm eating slow and steady, like my mum thought me so how to eat like a Queen, there are those bunch of people told me off I was worshiping/treating food as God!? I mean seriously is that a problem? As long you know how to eat with the respect of what you are eating, then that is sane enough to be living and walking around on earth!
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    Friends are constantly amazed at how fast I can eat.

    It stems from back in college days, when you had maybe 1/2 hour between classes and had to eat in a hurry!

    When food is hot, you gotta eat it quickly!

    Even in a more relaxed setting, I tend to eat faster than others I may be with. It also comes from doing most of my eating alone. icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    ardeth12 saidThis is a sign of a troubled mind, relax its just food. According to many doctors, one should chew his food atleast 32 times before swallowing.


    Why a troubled mind? Are we going to get OCD about chewing food?
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    No OCD. You're all just jealous because the voices talk to ME.
    Kidding aside, I do tend to eat too quickly, but I suppose I'm confused by this thread. I don't associate eating too quickly with eating too much, which seems to be the assumption.....or am I missing something?

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    Sep 12, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    The benefits of chewing your food properly and eating slowly

    http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15737/1/Benefits-of-Eating-Slowly.html

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/why-eating-slowly-may-help-you-feel-full-faster-20101019605

    http://www.tcmhealthtalk.com/benefits-of-chewing-slowly/
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    Sep 12, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    My concern isn't with eating too much but rather not giving my body time to absorb all of the nutrients from the food. I find when I eat quickly, it can result in diarrhea or general stomach upset which causes irregular bowel issues.

    For example, if you're trying to focus on eating more and getting more protein in your diet, it seems like a waste if it 'goes right through you' in the form of diarrhea. Your intestines have less time to really absorb the nutrients. I'm not an expert on nutrition/digestive health but this makes sense to me.
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    Sep 12, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    Yup especially with cookies and cream ice cream and always end up with brain pain lmao icon_lol.gif