22. eat slowly


Eat slowly. If you cram your food down your throat, you are not only missing out on the great taste of the food, you are not eating healthy. Slow down to lose weight, improve digestion, and enjoy life more. Read more.

My grandfather could make eating salad a form of meditation. Every dinner I ever had with him included a healthy salad, always the same staples: avocado, lettuce, olive oil, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. The process of making the salad was just as important as consuming it. Every evening grandpa would make his way to the kitchen a good half hour before dinner would be served by grandma to start making his signature salad. Sometimes I would watch, or help wash lettuce leaves in the sink, other times I didn’t notice he’d disappeared for salad duty until he came back into the room. I still admire his dedication, well into his mid-80s he begins every dinner with a salad, even if he’s dining out or eating a frozen meal warmed in the microwave.

Family time around the dinner table was the norm in my childhood – sometimes we’d race through a meal to get to the best part: mom’s homemade stovetop pudding, or a rental vhs we were dying to see. Eventually priorities shifted and the longer you spent at the table the more time you’d get with a sibling or parent. It was not unusual as a teenager to sit around talking about big dreams or solving the world’s problems at the dining room table until the wee hours of the morning. Even now when I go home I sit around the table, sharing a bite of food or coffee, and good company.

I may be the world’s slowest eater but there’s still time for everything else. Family, friends, love, my own version of world peace – all shared over a meal or snack, enjoyed slowly for the gifted hands that prepared it, for the hours of sunshine that grew it, for the nourishment of body and soul. The world can wait, even for thirty minutes, the world can wait.


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