My habits vs Slow Control
I do not have time to eat slowly
Some life rhythms are very speedy indeed. Some professions are at risk of eating fast. But sometimes the meal is also the adjustment variable that is sacrificed first to save time. While we will continue to spend as much time on the smart phone or for other futile activities. The point is perhaps to accept that it is also your personal choice to take enough time for your meal. If you really want it, don’t you think you can give yourself a break of 10 minutes instead of 5 minutes to eat? These 5 minutes will make a huge difference in your well-being. And if you do not grant them to yourself, your body gets revenge on you every day with fatigue, and in the long run with a favorable ground for disease.
Is it possible to use the fork episodically?
Of course, just use it only a few meals a week to train your brain to acquire new habits. From 5 times a week, you will make considerable progress.
Discover user testimonials here.
Which alarm is suitable for me?
It all depends on where you come from and where you want to go.
If you are a reasonably fast eater who just wants to slow down for digestion or weight
To start the basic programming of 10 seconds will help enormously. Then, with time, you will anchor the habit. One day the fork will be almost useless and you will be able to stop using it. You will have the choice then to enter a more ambitious step of “Yogi of the nutrition” and to increase the duration of the alarm to pass to 15 seconds, or even more.
If you want to become a “Yogi of Nutrition”
You are for example a sportsman, who wishes to optimize his performances, or you are simply very concerned by the subject, very attentive to your body, then you can reach more ambitious goals and aim for 20 seconds between each bite with about fifteen masticatory cycles. This is very very good. It is still below the recommendations of some master “Yogis” who advocate to make food literally liquid before swallowing. If you want this to happen, you will have to go for cycles in the order of 30 seconds per bite.
If you are in the case of digestive surgery
There, the program really depends on the stage of the operation in which you are in. We must first prepare, then pass the delicate post-operative moment and finally consolidate the success of the operation in the long run. These are three different phases that require a different approach each. Here below, for example, is the consensus that emerges, following the testimony of patients and health professionals in the context of a bariatric surgery.
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In the case of disability or a particular illness (Prader Willi, Autism, craniopharyngioma…)
A basic alarm at 10 seconds is sometimes an ambitious goal to start with. You can switch to an alarm mode at 6 seconds to start, then, when the tool is accepted, gradually increase the delay.
Please find here a link to a case study of a 10-year-old autistic child who passed from a rhythm of 2 s to 5 s.
Is the fork suitable for children?
Yes. Its format and usage are suitable for children starting at 6 years old. Children particularly appreciate the light signal that guides them. In addition to helping them eat slower and to develop healthy eating habits for their life, the fork helps to raise their awareness of being responsible for their own well-being. Since you show them the importance of a good way to eat, they will take the topic seriously. You could be surprised that they might correct you if you start eating too quickly!
The fork was successfully tested in a school canteen.
We also received several testimonials from mothers whose children are using the fork. Some of these children use them due to medical recommendation. The fork can help to develop healthy habits and to prevent overweight. It can also help in difficult situation of handicap (a study was conducted on an autistic child) or with deglutition or dysphagia problems.
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