Eat Slower Lose Weight?


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Americans are a people who are in a hurry. We rush hither and yon trying to do too much at one time. We drive, talk on the phone, text and eat at the same time. There is always a deadline to meet; always another rat race to win.

We eat fast too. Fast food. 30 Minute Meals. In and Out. Microwave Meals.

No wonder the antacid industry earns over a million dollars in yearly profit.

I have always been a bit lazy. That is why I love and try to live by the words of  The 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkle and made popular in the 60’s by Harper’s Bizarre.

“Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.”

We are a nation on the move. Sometimes I wonder where we are going? Do we enjoy it when we get there?

I am as ‘guilty’ as the next person of too often being in a hurry.  

But the older I get the more I realize the importance of slowing  down a bit and taking  a look at the scenery once in a while.

Slow Eating

One of the things I enjoyed most when I travelled was the long dinners in much of Europe. The Italians often spend 31 a rome 2 hours or more at the dinner table. Same with the French.

They socialize. They linger. They talk. They laugh. They debate and argue long into the night. They have fun. They sing. They listen to live music. They enjoy their food and eat it slowly and savor every aroma, taste, and flavor.

In America the average meal lasts just 11 minutes, breakfast and lunch average 2 minutes. Only 15 minutes a day devoted to eating.

Only 15 minutes a day devoted to engaging in one of lifes most pleasurable activities. The food. The people. The laughter. The fun. The sheer pleasure of luscious food.

Did You Know You Can Loose Weight Eating Slowly?

There have been some interesting studies and research in recent years that indicate that eating slowly has a whole host of positive health and emotional benefits including fewer incidences of heartburn and…….and losing weight.

Yes. That’s correct. You may be able to lose weight by eating more slowly.

Imagine being able to eat pretty much what you currently eat and what you liked and wanted……even fast food..……..just eat it more slowly and lose weight.

Julia Layton over at How Stuff Works wrote:

For decades, dietitians, doctors and nutritionists have made the link between eating speed and weight. People who eat slower tend to eat less and weigh less. The slower you eat, the less food it takes to get you full. The commonly stated reason for this is that the feeling of satiety doesn’t really come from your stomach. Like every other feeling you experience, it comes from your brain. It takes time for your body and your brain to complete the communication exchange that finally tells you to stop eating because you’re full.

In the last couple of years, science has backed up this common knowledge with experiments that test eating time, amount eaten and the feeling of satiety. The results are consistent: Eating slower means eating less and still feeling “full. [Emphasis mine.]

You can read the entire article here: Could I lose weight just by eating slower?

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The mechanism at work here is simply that it takes 20 minutes for the body/stomach to send a signal to the brain that it is full and has enough food and fuel for its needs.

In addition to losing weight other studies have shown you can improve your digestion; this means less heartburn and other digestive problems.

Eating slowly will also help you experience more of the aroma of your food. Aroma is a huge part of taste. The reason why food often tastes flat when you have a cold is simply you cannot smell it.

Last but not least, the Japanese have found that that eating fast, “is associated with insulin resistance,” which could lead to diabetes. Health Assist

Finally a healthy reason to be lazy!!!!
I’m lovin it!




Featured Recipe        Mushroom Stuffed Pork Chops


This recipe comes from one of my all time favorite cookbooks: Cooking For One Is Fun by Henry Lewis Creel. A good friend of both Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey he often adapted dishes he ate at their homes for just one, since Mr. Creel was single.

I have shared several recipes from this cookbook here at More Thyme. It is  a cookbook that is packed full of quick and easy recipes.  Today’s recipe is no different, it is super easy yet such a heavenly dish.

It is easy to adapt a recipe for one for as many people as you wish. I made it for two today.

You will need an extra thick pork chop, about an inch thick, so that you can cut a pocket into the chop to stuff deliciousness inside.

I changed the name of the original recipe from Braised Stuffed Pork Chop to Mushroom Stuffed Pork Chops as I thought it was more descriptive of the actual dish.

This is what you will need for 2 people:

2 thick pork chops

1 tablespoon butter

½ cup mushrooms minced (about 4 large or 8 medium)

2 shallots minced

2 teaspoons of rice – not instant

¼ cup vermouth or white wine

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Clean and finely dice the mushrooms. Dice the shallot too.


Melt the butter over medium low heat in a skillet and sauté the mushrooms and shallots for a minute or so. Do not brown. Let the aroma tell you when it has been sautéed enough.


Add the rice and cook another minute or so. COOL COMPLETELY.


When the rice mixture is completely cooled, make a slot in the meaty side of the chops. Make it as large as you can without cutting through the sides. The larger the pocket, the easier it is to stuff and secure the stuffing while it is cooking.



Stuff some of the mushroom shallot mixture into the pocket of the pork chops. With your fingers press into the pocket as far as you can get it.



Secure the ends with toothpicks. I use four or five. The more you use the less likely the stuffing will ooze out during the cooking.


Brown the chops on both sides over medium high heat in a skillet. It is difficult to get an even browning with the toothpicks in the chops.


Transfer the chops to a casserole. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the vermouth over all.


Cover and simmer for 30-60 minutes at 375 degrees, testing for internal temperature using a meat thermometer starting at about the 30 minute mark. Internal temperature should be 145 degrees F.


At 30 minutes. Not quite there yet. Back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Remember, every oven is different. You may need more of less time. That is why it is good to have a thermometer.


When the chops are at 145 degrees remove the lid and let the chops sit for 3 minutes after removing from the oven. DO NOT OVER COOK AS THE PORK WILL BECOME DRY AND TOUGH.

Look at that wonderful golden gravy/juice in the bottom of the casserole.


Serve hot with a spoonful or so of the gravy drizzled over the chops. If there is little or no liquid  add a tablespoon or so more vermouth too the casserole and scrap up any brown bits stuck at the bottom of the casserole.

Serve with some sautéed green beans and red and yellow cherry tomatoes.


Bon appétit!!!


2 one inch thick pork chops             $13.27

1 teaspoon butter                           $0.08

½ cup mushrooms minced              $1.14

2 shallots minced                            $0.86

2 teaspoons of rice                         $0.04

2 ounces vermouth                         $0.38

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $15.77
Cost per person = $7.89

Quote of the Day

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.

Elsa Schiaparelli


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6 comments to Eat Slower Lose Weight?

  • I love these pork chops!

    I did laugh when I saw the title. I’m known as the last woman sitting. Even John’s son when he was a kid would roll his eyes and say, “Dad, it takes her a week to eat.”

    I haven’t always been that way but years ago my doctor told me that I should chew each bite at least 20 times and I do. That takes some time. 🙂

    • Roberta

      “last woman sitting”? Me too. When I was a child my brothers teased me saying I ate the least and finished last.

      Pork chops are one of my fave meals. Great taste.

  • Penny Lane

    Eating slow is a great way to lose weight. There’s even an app for that. Search for Eat Slow Lose Weight in iTunes.

    • Roberta

      Thanks for letting us all know about the App, Penny. I did not know that. That is agreat idea.

  • I’m a fast eater 🙁 But will try to become a slow eater. Problem for me is, I like my food HOT. When you eat slowly it cools off. What to do? Microwave half way through?

  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.