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Mindful eating 101

Harness the powerful mind-body connection for healthier eating.

As an anonymous 19th-century European traveler once observed, "Americans don't dine, they gobble, gulp, and go." In the 21st century, health experts say that eating on the run is not just uncultivated; it's downright unhealthy.

After you start eating, it takes 20 minutes before your brain begins to turn off your appetite. It's easy to take in many more calories than you need in 20 minutes. So wolfing down meals can lead to weight gain. Large meals may also be bad for your heart. For instance, research shows that blasting large amounts of saturated fat into your system makes your arteries less able to respond to momentary changes in demand for blood flow.

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