Last month we talked about getting our veggies in, have you been eating more veggies? This month we are going to talk about chewing. Yes, seriously chewing. I know, you just rolled your eyes at me but keep reading and you might learn something! One of the things that I have noticed with most of my clients is that they are rushing everywhere and never actually chew their food. When you don’t chew your food can’t be broken down so you aren’t absorbing any nutrients. This month, let’s change that!
First, I want you to slow down. Actually sit at a table and give thanks for your food. LOOK at your plate or bowl and take note of what you are about to consume. Let eating be an experience not something that has to be raced through so that you can get to the next activity. At our house our phones, computers, and other electronics aren’t allowed at the table. We will talk about that more but let me tell you that meal times are so much more enjoyable when that’s what you are focusing on.
Second, I want you to chew your food at least thirty times. Yes, chew that food up! When you chew, saliva is created to digest your food. This allows the nutrients to be absorbed better and helps with heartburn, acid reflux, and flatulence. Wouldn’t it be nice to alleviate some tummy troubles? This is a really good time to focus on the flavors, textures and enjoyment of your meal.
Third, if you are drinking a shake, smoothie, or green juice you need to swish it around in your mouth. I know it’s weird but this gets your saliva flowing to break down those nutrients and digest that shake.
Finally, pay attention. By chewing your food and enjoying your meal you just might notice that you are fuller before you normally are!