Take it Slow This Holiday Season!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and the much awaited holiday season is upon us once again! It’s the perfect time to spend with friends and family, or catch up on some much needed relaxation and time alone. Considering how busy and fast paced our lives are, it’s important to cherish the few times we get to sit back and take it slow!

Though “healthy” and “holidays” are two words that do not typically sound harmonious when said together, the holidays are also a perfect time for us to nourish and be kind to our bodies. Would you admit to having all the time in the world to pick out the most healthy meals when you are rushing through your busy schedule?

If you have not been taking care of your nourishment and health for the rest of the year, you would think that the holidays are never the right time to start being healthy. Why deprive yourself of the joy of eating by being healthy during the holidays, right? Not exactly. Being healthy and having joyful appetizing meals are no longer mutually exclusive.

As you know, we at HAPILABS believe that 50% of health comes from what you eat and how you eat. How you eat is definitely as important. And what way is that? Eating slowly.

Eating slowly is a way for you to factor in your health in this year’s festivities. An increasing number of studies attest to the benefits of eating slowly: studies that show one’s eating rate to be associated with obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, weight loss and the seen benefits when eating rate is slowed down.  A comprehensive list of scientific studies, compiled by Slow Control, the HAPIfork’s manufacturer,  is available here : http://slowcontrol.com/images/filedownloads/slow-control-bibliography.pdf

On top of those, the right way of eating may even highlight how you enjoy the important moments this holiday season.The highlights of a feast is to enjoy the food and the company. Taking it slow at the dinner table is just what you would need to have opportunity for fond memories, as well as opportunity to take care of your tummies.

It takes 20 minutes for your mind to register that you’re full. Eating slowly gives you a handle on your food intake. Plus, chewing your food well makes you enjoy meals more. Savor the flavor and texture of each decadent dish.

Great food is one of the best things in our favorite holidays and so slowing down your eating gives it the attention it deserves.  It’s not a requirement to gorge oneself with everything at the dinner table; you can enjoy that pumpkin pie, turkey and the delicious yams and without feeling like you have to win a race. Eat slowly, enjoy the food that prepared by you or your host ever so thoughtfully.  And when you eat slowly, it also gives time for you to chat and catch up with your family and friends, be mindful, and enjoy the present moment. When you take things slow, you are mindful of little details that will make your holidays even more memorable.

Like us, are you excited for the holidays? Take the time to enjoy this Thanksgiving. Take it slow. It’s your HAPI Moment. 🙂

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