I am a fast eater from a family of fast eaters. Recently, it got me in trouble. I swallowed something whole, and it got stuck in my throat. Five hours later I was on my way home from the hospital, after the docs put a tube down my throat to get it out.
Other than the trip to the ER, what is the problem with eating too fast? The problem is you hardly taste the food. And tasting the food we eat is one of life’s simple, wonderful pleasures.
Like many of us, I am busy. I even sometimes take pride in being so busy. I rationalize that if I am this busy, then I must be important. But the truth is life is not about being busy. Life, especially a happy life, is about living. And to live fully, we have to notice what is going on in our lives and down our throats. And to notice, we have to slow down, consciously pause, and stop being busy.
So, today, in addition to feeling grateful to the doctors who helped me, I am going to eat slower and almost certainly enjoy my food more. How about you?