Our lives are so busy and fast-paced that we often eat on the run or before we dash off to the next thing. We are programmed to shovel the food in, so we can be off and running. This is just plain sad. Food should be enjoyed and it should be savored, or at least tasted. Whether you are eating with a group of people or on your own, eating should be a time of slowing down. When we slow down we are able to be more present in the moment, which can provide space for gratitude, calmness, and a nice break in the day. It is also important because slower eating allows your body and brain time to recognize when you are full—helping to decrease the chances of overeating. The other reason to try slowing down your eating is that chewing is the first step in our body’s digestive process. Our saliva helps to break down the food so that our stomachs can then digest the food more easily. If we skip that step, not so fun things like gas, indigestion, and bloating can occur….