Tuesday Tip: Eating, shh! … Light

4 01 2011

I know, I know… this is a Southern concept none of us want to talk about. But if you were anything like me over the holidays, it’s high time to talk a little about it.

I promise we’ll keep it painless here at SIT (remember how much fun we had refreshing our food knowledge in September?). This month, and all the way up until Valentine’s Day (when you’re on your own!), each Tuesday Tip will be on eating, well… just a little bit lighter.

(Um, and excuse me, friends… can we just keep this between us? If the rest of the world knew we were eating light… well Deep Fried Doughnut!)

  • Eat more slowly (ahem, husband!). Most of us have heard that it takes about 20 minutes for the signal to go from stomach to brain saying, “I’m full.”
  • Cut food into tiny pieces and aim to chew each piece 20 times. I know this sounds monsterous, but some sites recommended up to 60 times. Now that’s ridiculous, but I also hear it’s good for digestion, little tummies.
  • Make it a habit to put down your fork between bites. And lets face it. This looks so civilized. All the old English folks in movies do this. And anyway, you are having excellent conversation along with your meal, aren’t you. No hovering over Hulu watching episodes of 30 Rock at the same time, right? (Right, Ginger?)
  • Eat with your nondominant hand. There! That will force you to slow down.
  • Practice your chopstick skills, and have a little fun by eating some nights with chopsticks.
  • Make sure you know what’s in the food you buy. Familiarize yourself with labels and terms.

And remember… moderation is key here, folks. Do remember, in the great words of Julia Child, “No fat, no taste, no fun.”

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