Why Slowing Down is the Single Best Way to Improve Health

I bet you big money you don’t spend time reading this whole article.

Why do I know this?

As a blogger, I have to assume no one reads the whole article, but instead simply skims over the bold items and looks at pictures.

So the fact that I’m writing an article about slowing down, in a world that has a habit of going fast is quite ironic.

In a world of speed addiction, slowing down is not even on the radar.  However, slowing down is the single BEST way to improve health, and these three powerful reasons below will completely change your life.

Slowing Down Helps Optimize Your Nutrition

When you slow down enough to enjoy the taste of food, you find you will naturally eat just enough food that your body needs.  Eating the right amount of food differs from person to person; however, your body knows best, but you have to be able to slow down in order to listen.

When you slow down during meals, you not only focus on the smell and taste of your food, but also the nutrients within the food itself.

Cell function is directly proportional to the USABLE nutrition provided to them

Cells need nutrients to function at optimum levels.  Slowing down and listening to your body will help you know when you receive the optimum amount of nutrients.

The taste of food will change once you receive enough of the nutrients.

If towards the end of your meal, the food doesn’t taste as good as the first bite,  this is your body telling you it has received the nutrients it needs and no longer needs more food.

This is you, finally slowing down, and listening to your body.

Replicate that 3 times a day, for the rest of your life and the results are astounding.

Slowing down for meals
Sit Down for Meals

Slowing Down for Meals

  1. Sit down
  2. Surround yourself with people you love
  3. Eliminate all distractions
  4. Smell your food
  5. Eat slowly
  6. Put your fork down after each bite
  7. Focus on the taste
  8. Breathe

Slowing Down Increases Your Happiness

slowing down increases happiness
Create More Happiness

When you slow down and are fully present on the world around you, your stress levels decrease, your happiness increases, and you’re more likely to engage in other healthy habits.  All of which drastically improve health.

Be mindful

Be Present

Focus on one thing at a time

If you do this, you will find happiness in all areas of your life, at all times of day, and be more alive because of it.

The world is truly a beautiful place and we are missing it!

slowing down means more time to play
Play More

Think about what you spend your time on throughout the day.  Reduce or eliminate the time takers that aren’t providing you with anything valuable.

We are all so “busy” working, taking care of family and kids, cooking meals, shopping, traveling, surfing the internet, browsing Facebook, watching useless television, and doing whatever else it is that keeps us from what is truly important in our lives.

Are we really that busy?

The short, honest answer is, “No.”

Get more of our time back and be free from this black hole constantly engulfing our time.

Slowing Down and Focusing on the World Around You

  1. Go outside.  Breathe.  Listen
  2. Don’t look…See…Acknowledge
  3. Reduce TV time
  4. Read great books
  5. Play more
  6. Socialize with friends and family
  7. Be thankful for your surroundings

Slowing Down Reduces Your Stress Levels

Are you stressed?

We are probably all stressed in one way or another.  Either from work, leading a busy life, or just trying to accomplish too many tasks during the day.  However, this shouldn’t be the norm.

Unfortunately, people are living with very high amounts of stress and most of them don’t realize how stressed they actually are.

7 Types of Stress

  1. Physical – exercise or lack of sleep
  2. Chemical – toxins either from food additives, pesticides, or alcohol
  3. Mental – worry or anxiety
  4. Emotional – anger or saddness
  5. Nutritional – nutrient deficiency from poor diet
  6. Traumatic – injuries or illnesses
  7. Spiritual – troubled relationships or financial challenges

Body Reacts to Stress with Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone that is released by the adrenal glands as a response to stress.  The body doesn’t know which kind of stress and treats all stress accordingly with the same response.

Once the cortisol is released, your body becomes mobilized and ready for action.  However, there is typically no physical release for the body to follow-through with.  Without a release, cortisol levels continue building in the blood and wreaks havoc on your mind and body.

Elevated cortisol interferes with memory, immune function, bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, and can lean to weight gain.

slowing down is key to relaxing
Breathe

Slowing Down and Relaxing

  1. Diffuse lavender essential oil when you feel stressed
  2. Get outside
  3. Get plenty of sleep
  4. Exercise
  5. Breathe
  6. Plan extra time into your day
  7. Be mindful about what you want to accomplish

Slowing Down is Key

I hope you take more time for yourself today.  Eat at the table with loved ones, play and socialize more, exercise, go to bed early, and relax surrounded by calming scents.

How do you slow down?

Do you have any helpful hints for slowing down?

Comment below and join the conversation.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Leah Seals says:

    Enjoyed the article Tanya and I have recently, since January, observed this philosophy as much as possible. It does make a difference.

    1. Tanya says:

      Thank you so much, Leah! I’ve missed seeing you at the market lately. I hope you are doing well.

      It’s amazing how small changes can make huge differences in our lives. Thank you for staying involved with Experience Paleo and commenting on the post!

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