Digestion initially begins in the mouth. As you start to chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva begin to break it down, preparing for nutrient absorption. It’s important to chew your food thoroughly to achieve maximum absorption of all your vitamins and minerals. The more you chew your food, the less work and easier it is for the stomach and small intestine.
To get into the habit of chewing foods thoroughly, try counting the chews in each bite. Aim for 30 to 50 chews before swallowing. What you might be screaming. Yes, it can make all the difference. Also, the more you chew, the more your brain thinks you have eaten. Try putting your utensils down between bites to help you better concentrate on chewing. If you are still having trouble grasping this aspect of slowing down whilst eating, I often recommend my clients replace a fork or spoon with chopsticks. This way you have to slow down and eat.
Try to feel calm during a meal. It never feels good to eat when stressed, in a rush or even standing up. If you are feeling stressed during a meal, take some deep breaths, chew, and let the simple act of chewing help to relax you. Enjoy your food.
I find meal time so nice when there are few distractions. What could be worse than listening to the doom and gloom in the news whilst eating your delicious dinner. Turn off the television, let the phone call go to the answering machine, after all, it isn’t for that long. Make eating an opportunity to get some quiet time. Which may be few and far between for you.
Concentrate on what you’re doing. Enjoy the food you are eating. Be present. How yummy does it taste? How grateful you are that someone maybe has taken the time to prepare this meal. Happy chewing!!
In good health
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