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    Eating Slowly Might Keep You Slim


    The holiday season is upon us and with it comes all those foods...so rich, so tempting, so delicious.


    What's a person to do?


    All you can do is give in and indulge in one of life's greatest pleasures.


    It's too late for Thanksgiving, since most of us are laying comatose in front of the television set, passed out in our recliners as our bellys are expanded.


    Remember Momma always told us to slow down and chew our food?


    Don't inhale it and gobble it down? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)


    Momma may have been on to something according to HealthDay News. According to HealthDay, eating slower will keep you slimmer.


    And it seems we men are the most guilty of this.


    Could this explain our middle-aged spread? It's not the beer after all?


    Heavier people eat faster than slim ones, and men chow down faster than women, two new studies find.


    Seeking insight into the role that eating rate plays in quantity of food consumed, researchers from the University of Rhode Island also saw that refined grains -- found in white breads, pastas and potatoes -- are eaten faster than healthier whole grains.


    "What surprised us was just how fast men ate," said study author Kathleen Melanson, director of the university's Energy Balance Laboratory. "A marked gender difference is certainly there. Part of it might be that men have larger (mouths), but it also might be related to higher energy needs. Another possibility could be related to social norms -- women may feel they have to eat slower."




    With Christmas and New Year's on the horizon, perhaps it would behoove us all to do what Momma said.


    Slow down, chew and eat slowly.


    Come January there should be no need to starve ourselves on the latest crash diet!


    It is all so simple.


    Make every bite count, savor the taste, revel in the consistency!


    Just like the HealthDay News report said:


    The results were "very much common sense . . . it supports research that's already there, so this is not necessarily new and ground-breaking," said Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. "It comes back largely to that concept of mindful eating and really, actually tasting your food. We eat very quickly and don't even notice the taste of food."


    From the Cornfield, I'm going to make this the best holiday season ever.


    The gooiness and sweetness of pecan pie is not going to be lost on me.


    The fudge melting in your mouth will be divine this year as will be the divinity.


    This advice I will follow to make this the jolliest of seasons:


    "Giving food extra time in the mouth could potentially affect [how full we feel]. Let it register, so to speak, what you're eating. Let that food get to your stomach before reaching for the next bite."


    How will you enjoy the repast, the cusine, the scrumptuousness of the upcoming month?

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