Eating too fast can lead to problems like indigestion, constipation, and malabsorption of nutrients. Along with that, it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to receive signals of your stomach being full, so pacing mealtimes are important. Here are 5 tips that can help if your kids are eating too fast:
•Teach kids to put their fork down after they take a bite. Not having a utensil in their hand will let them focus on chewing like they should be and also add a brief pause between bites.
•Have kids take a sip of water between bites. This adds another pause to space things out and also makes sure they’re drinking enough as well.
•Let kids know that dinner time lasts for a set amount of time. If everyone knows that dinner lasts 30 minutes, there won’t be a need to race to finish “first place” so they can move on to other activities.
•Make time to talk during meals. This will set a healthy pace for digestion and help everyone connect.
•Lead by example. Life gets busy but try to leave some time to allow your whole family the time they need to enjoy a meal.