One of the most impactful habits that I have clients practice that also happens to be dismissed the quickest is the habit of sloooowing doooown. At first glance slowing down seems easy, in fact too easy to give much thought to. Just like a workout that looks easy on paper, once you get down to it, you realize there are a lot of layers to slowing down and is a little more involved than first glance. Here’s an infograph to check in where you are at in your practice. How do you like to slow down?
I’m not going to lie, there is a lot of skepticism when discussing why slowing down is such a powerful habit. How could it be that powerful? And is it really that smart to slow down when it seems like the rest of the world is telling me I am not going fast enough? Plus, really shouldn’t I focus on something with a little more substance, like protein or BCAA’s?
Here are some stories from clients and their experiences with slowing down.
“The first time I practiced slowing down at my dinner I halved my calorie intake within a few dinners because I had time to check in and realize I was satisfied with how much I ate.”
“I’ve practiced slowing down when I eat several different times. Each time I find I start slowing down in other areas of my life. In fact it helped me in weight lifting because I started slowing down and taking time to set up before and between reps. I was able to keep in better positions! All that from trying to eat slower!”
“My heartburn and bloating disappear when I eat my meal slowly.”
“I feel like I have more energy, am more satisfied with my meal, and am light enough to get up and do a workout shortly afterwards.”
“Over time practicing it has helped me view eating as something to be experienced rather than a chore to complete.”
Practice slowing down at your meals and eating to moderate fullness for a week and let us know how it went!