Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The 20 minute rule

Research (and less face it, just plain common sense and personal experience) tells us that it literally takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the clear message from the stomach that we have had enough to eat.

What does this really mean? Well, it actually means that if we listen to our bodies we can know when we are satiated. There will be no full and sick feeling when we eat if we follow our body's messages. But, we have to wait to receive the correct message. If we are eating out of control we will not receive this message until we already have had too much to eat.

So, eating with all five senses and really being mindful of what our brain is informing us of is the way to go. Eating slowly and mindfully will actually be more enjoyable as well. BALANCE can ONLY arrive to us if we allow the time for the natural process to occur.

This posting is as much for me today as it may be for you. We all teach what we need to learn. Every excellent teacher of any art knows this is true.

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