Did your mother ever tell you to slow down when you eat? Do you tell your kids the same? Well, there is wisdom in those words. Eating slowly will give your brain time to register when it is ‘full’. And research has discovered that people who eat slowly consume less calories and weigh less than faster eaters. You may remember Dodging Holiday Weight Gain. ‘Slow Eating’ can be another strategy for avoiding extra weight that is common this time of year. To eat slowly, take smaller bites of food, chew your food thoroughly, and make sure your plate contains plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. These foods naturally make us slow down because of their texture and fiber content. Most of all, enjoy the food you eat and the people you are with…fully embrace mealtime!