A Ditty to Slow Down Your Eating

Songs get stuck in our heads in ways that printed words do not. That’s why I’ve always said we should use  music to teach about how to eat.

You must know that “eating-too-fast-till-full” is a behavior associated with lots of problems: obesity, heartburn. bloating, breaking wind, and even death by choking. Geez!

Many people eat to the point of suffering because they stuff themselves with food in record time. Well, there’s a way to learn to eat slowly, a gift from an octogenarian in the form of a comment to my Calorie Count blog about The Hunger – Fullness Scale. Apparently, the fast eaters didn’t learn Mary Bruton’s song from the 1920s. Ms Bruton said,  “When I was growing up on a small farm in southwest Georgia, we had a song we sang at the 4 – H Club to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:”

Chew, chew, chew your food
Gently through the meal
The more you chew, the less you eat
The better you will feel

Pam Schiller, early childhood consultant and author, also tells us to teach that song to our toddlers, and she has another version about drinking milk: Drink, drink, drink your milk…

And so, here’s hoping you can’t get this ditty out of your head throughout the rest of the holiday season. Better yet, teach it to others. Now, that’s a gift worth giving.

Your thoughts:  Looking back, what have you learned through song?

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