I've always eaten slow. My handle was not arbitrarily picked. I tend to eat slow and almost constantly. :) Recently I've had some indigestion. I've read somewhere that chewing your food completely can help with indigestion/GI track. Anyways I've started chew each bite 50 times and I found the exercise fun. I notice what the food does for me, and I can eat even more!
Too often, I am so hungry that I find myself scarfing down food like a wolf. After a bit I slow down, but the damage is done. Sooner or later I will get gas, and blam my appetite is gone. Seriously, I'm beginning to see that my North East U.S. culture is just plain wrong. Too many friends and family scarf down their food and then rush to their electronic device. Even worse some people actually eat in front of commercial T.V., or even, gulp, the news!
Food is like death and taxes. Food is about the only pleasure you can count on in life. Even if you cannot taste your food, the act of chewing, and relaxing is awesome. I do not get why people do not want to take time and relax. I find a lot of times I'm relieved to be in a long line or at a traffic light. Why, is my culture trying to take away the joys of eating from my friends, family, and me? Why would people defile such an almost sacred time with commercial T.V., and be at the mercy of the T.V.?
Do people who eat fast or huddle in front of an electronic device find life not worth living? To reject food is to reject life, in my opinion. That's why after a funeral, a feast is given, to celebrate life.