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The Consequences of Eating too Fast and How to Correct it

By Jade

Eating too fast is a serious issue and has detrimental consequences to your digestive system! When you don’t take the time to fully swallow each bite before taking the next bite, that’s when you know you may be eating to fast! If you are a fast eater, you probably aren’t even aware that you are taking 4-5 fork fulls of food in the time it takes a normal paced eater to take one.

The whole digestion process starts in your mouth in the chewing phase. It is really important to actually chew! We should be chewing at least 20-25 times per forkful.

The following digestive problems occur when we eat too fast:

  • We delay the feeling of fullness when we eat too fast. Therefore we tend to overeat.
  • It is harder for our digestive system to function properly, resulting in poor digestion, including indigestion and heartburn.
  • It increases the chances for experiencing indigestion and heartburn.
  • Causes the gut to contract, sending you to the restroom almost immediately after eating, a sign of poor digestion, since it means you are not breaking down the foods enough to absorb the necessary nutrients.
  • Weak digestion leads to a weak immune system, which leaves you susceptible to illnesses.

Improve your digestive health simply by eating slooowwweeeerrrrr.

Eating is supposed to be a mindful event. Fast eaters miss not only the nutrition in their food, but also the leisure of taking the time out to relax and improve their wellbeing. Perhaps not coincidentally, fast eaters are often guilty eaters, who feel that food is at fault for making them fat, and that they need to quickly sneak their meals because they are doing something wrong. Ironically, it may be the speed at which they eat it which is actually at fault!

Enjoy your food slowly and stay healthier. Here’s how:

  • Stop and take a deep breath before eating a meal. Be mindful and remind yourself to pay attention to your breathing and the pace at which you eat.
  • Eat at a table, away from the TV or computer (which tend to contribute to overeating.)
  • Eat in a quiet, relaxing environment and never eat when you are upset or after (or during!) an argument.
  • Make sure you chew and swallow your food before putting the next bite in your mouth. Set your fork down between each bite to train yourself.
  • Make sure you are actually tasting the food. Try to notice how the taste changes during the eating process. What is the aftertaste? How is the initial taste? Focus.
  • Take smaller bites. Try to count to 30 while chewing.
  • Try to figure out why you speed eat and / or overeat. For example, many fast eaters grew up competing with a sibling for food. Eat it now, or it’s gone later. Many carry this with them into adulthood.

Some Benefits of eating slower:

  • You will begin to enjoy and favor healthier, whole foods as most commercial and processed foods are engineered in such a way to only taste appealing in the first few bites.
  • All the stomach aches and things that “didn’t agree” with you may disappear.
  • A trimmer waistline.
  • Stronger body from better absorbed nutrients

Eating slower is a simple, healthy habit that can be easily learned, improving health and disease prevention factors tenfold. If you are recovering from life as a fast eater or could use a little help in your digestion, Probiotics are a very valuable supplement for your digestive aid.


For those suffering the consequences of fast eating, some healing can be brought on by blending your food with a high powered blender such as the Vita-Mix. This type of blender allows you to receive ALL of the nutrients from your food whether you chew or not! due to the fact you can make a smoothie out of ALL of the parts of the vegetable. This type of blender does not separate out all the “good” stuff like a juicer does.

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The harmfull effects of stress on the body

We never seem to have enough time to get done in one day that which needs to get done. Sound familiar? It is this perception of not having enough time that leads us to believe we are not getting anywhere. And it is this perception of not getting anywhere in our life which causes us to become anxious and stressed-out.

For some this is only happens occasionally but for others this thought process and feeling happens on a daily basis, year in and year out. The effects this kind of stress has on the body is dangerous and can lead to serious illness.

Effects of stress on the mind
While the effects of stress on the body are generally thought of in the physical sense, they can also result in mental strain. Symptoms of stress on the mind could be impaired judgment and indecisiveness. Forgetfulness and memory lapses are also common and on the extreme end depression. The mental effects of stress can be frightening.

Effects of stress on the body
Symptoms of stress can sometimes result in chest pains, insomnia or a person losing or gaining weight drastically. Other physical effects of stress on the body people can experience are (but not limited to):

  • High blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Constant Headaches and Migraines
  • Stomach ulcers and digestive problems (nausea and diarrhea)
  • Loss of sex drive

Over an extended period of time the effects of stress can include more frequent illness due to a reduction in the efficiency of the immune system. More concerning though that prolonged stress on the body can lead to anxiety and panic attacks and in extreme cases, heart attacks. 

What you can do to combat the effects of a stressful lifestyle
Well, whether you like it or not there are no surprises here when it comes to taking care of the incredible vehicle we all tend to take for granted. One of the best ways to keep the physical symptoms of stress at bay is to adhere to a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to repair the damage stress can cause on the body and the added benefits are more energy and mental clarity.

Daily exercise is another good way to manage the muscle tension and mental effects of stress on the body. Just thirty minutes of walking, biking or swimming can make a huge difference on how you cope with the strain and pressures of modern day living.

You don’t have to let the negative effects of stress on the body ruin your life. Develop a consistent healthy lifestyle. Exercise your mind and body effectively so you can adapt better to challenging situations and enjoy the benefits of all your hard work.

More Helpful Tips On Relieving Stress

Visualization can be a powerful tool to help you improve your life circumstances, but it can also serve as a handy technique for transforming stress and anxiety into peace, happiness and confidence!

Stress and anxiety can quickly become a vicious cycle that keep you feeling powerless and frightened. The more stressed you get, the more your thoughts and emotions will move toward the negative side, which only makes you feel more stressed!

Using visualization to transform these feelings can stop the cycle by switching your focus to something more positive and uplifting.

First and foremost, it’s helpful if you can remove yourself from the stressful environment and engage in some relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing before you begin your visualization, because your mind will be more receptive if you’re calm and centered.

Once you’ve moved yourself into a more relaxed state, bring to mind a scene that soothes and calms you. You can choose a natural setting like a beach or forest, or imagine a place that is representative of relaxation such as a spa or temple. Imagine yourself being in this place, feeling balanced and calm.

Rather than simply “seeing” the images in your mind, make an effort to mentally transport yourself to this calm setting and engage as many of your senses as you can. Imagine that you can smell the fresh air or incense in the temple; imagine that you can feel the rich earth beneath your feet, hear the roar of ocean waves or bird song, and feel the cool breeze moving through your hair. The more you can involve your senses, the more “real” the scene will seem to you, and the more effective it will be in calming you.

One of the more fascinating measures taken for stress relief can be had with an art therapy. With so many different forms of therapy today it’s tough to know which are the most effective for which condition, but art therapy enjoys great success in helping people suffering from a collection of conditions that are both physical and mental. If you are looking for an exciting method for relieving stress, art therapy is a good option.

An art therapy session will help you show others how art can lead to self awareness and understanding, as well as how soothing it can be to engage in the creative process. Taking the time to focus on a piece of art alone can make a tremendous difference in how we live and think and can reduce stress amazingly. Art therapy also helps people to discover things about themselves based on what they draw.

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