Tag Archives: mindful eating

the importance of chewing

12 Nov

PrintChewing your food is more important that you think!  Did you know that chewing is the first step in the process of digestion?

When we chew our food, our bodies are better able to absorb the nutrients, and digest the food we eat, providing us with the energy we need to function well through out the day. Chewing your food thoroughly also leads to a healthier digestive system.

When we chew, our bodies release enzymes in our saliva that help break down food, and convert it into energy. Chewing helps prevent our stomachs from doing all of the work of digesting the food we are eating. So the next time you are eating, try to focus on each and every bite.

Here is a helpful suggestion “chew your food completely until it is small enough and dissolved enough to be swallowed with ease. A good rule of thumb is as follows: if you can tell what kind of food you are eating from the texture of the food in your mouth (not the taste), then you haven’t chewed it enough. For example, if you are chewing broccoli and you run your tongue over the stalk and can tell that it is still a stalk or over the floret and you can still tell that it is still a floret, don’t swallow. You need to keep on chewing until you can’t tell the stalk from the floret.”

For more information on how to improve your digestive health, check out this link that discusses how digestion is the cornerstone of wellness and longevity.

Happy chewing to all!

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Friday Food Quote

24 Aug

641469772_443795bb89“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
– Luciano Pavarotti

We eat three, if not more times per day. When we eat we chose what we want to eat, how we want to eat it, where and sometimes why.

When eating this weekend with your friends, family, community, or on your own try to be mindful of all of the steps the food has taken to appear on your plate; the energy that it took to grow, the soil, worms, bees, sunshine, rain, the people who harvested it, and brought it to the market (whether the farmers or super). Thinking about the process before eating, may lead you to take a step back, breathe deep and before digging in, really appreciate all that went into your food.

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Seven habits to eating more mindfully and with more awareness

7 Mar

Harvard nutritionist, Dr. Lillian Cheung who co-wrote “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh outlines seven habits of mindful eating:

1. Honor the food: We should appreciate where our food comes from, and acknowledge the steps it took to arrive on our plate.

2. Engage all of your senses: Focus on the tastes, sight, beauty, aroma, touch, texture, and sound of your food.

3. Be mindful of portion sizes: Start your meal with a modest amount, and buy dinner plates that are no larger than 9 inches.  Research has shown that the larger the plate, the more one will eat.

4. Chew your food: Chewing helps us to digest our food due to the enzymes in our saliva. The taste of our food comes from chewing, and once we swallow we no longer taste it.

5. Eat slowly: Eating slowly allows us to enjoy the food and taste it better. As a result we eat less.

6. Do not skip meals: If you are very hungry, you end up eating more in one sitting then you would have if you spread your meals out each day.

7. Eat a plant based diet: Vegetables are filled with wonderful nutrients that help our bodies in numerous ways.

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