An interesting article in the New York Times highlighted several recent studies that found what many of us observe on our own, sometimes with the help of our mothers: eating slower may lead to eating less (not to mention enjoying food more!).
This may be due several factors, especially hormones. When we allow more time for our food to digest, it appears to allow for the satiety and fullness hormones to kick in. Gobble food down and it takes longer for the hormones to register – often when we’re overfull.
By taking time to consciously eat and chew, say, 10-15 times with every bite, we not only enjoy our food more but give ourselves a chance to listen to our bodies and give them only as much food as we need. Bon appetit!