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“Chew your drink and drink your food”

-Ghandi.

How many of us inhale our #food rather than #chewing it well🍴? This post came from a recent discussion I had. Since I was a kid, I would literally take forever to eat my food. Even now, I’m made fun of! My mother always told me to chew food well & take my time. She knew how chewing your food well had benefits.
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Some studies from various countries also back up this recommendation. Japan advocates that people chew their food well before swallowing to encourage better #digestion & enjoy the taste of food🍴. India and Algeria (where my parents are from) & many places around the world do it. People with #diabetes & excessive weight gain can also benefit from eating slower & chewing their food longer. This has shown to burn more calories, improve sugars & satiety & even prevent chronic #illness. Interesting, huh? But, food should preferably be chewed 30- 40 times! I know. Who the hell has time for that, right? But isn’t that the all #American way? Eat fast, work fast, walk fast, etc. We’re always rushing, myself included! Except, I’ve been chewing food & eating food like this almost all my life. I like to take my time & I hate to be rushed. Am I healthier for it? Who knows! But, I find joy in doing so & I don’t feel tired or sluggish (depends on type of food too). Some studies I read showed chewing food for 30-40 times increased hormones responsible for making you feel satisfied😥. There is a unique, extensive reaction that occurs with our #brain#gut#hormones, fat cells, & other neuronal circuits in the body that involve #eating, & how vital eating mindfully & slowly is for overall health, especially since digestion starts in the mouth. I wonder how much we take eating for granted. Especially when we live in busy cities where we are always on the go & food is always fast. Of course, it also depends on the type of food as quality & quantity matter. I’m also exploring what happens when we consume mostly #processed#raw and cooked foods? Does chewing longer release #preservatives more efficiently thus being better filtered out? So many things to consider.
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How fast or slow do you eat/chew & how does it make you feel?

 

Nadia

Registered dietitian-nutritionist, certified fitness trainer, researcher, natural born leader and energetically passionate motivator. Emphasizing a natural, 'whole-istic' approach to health as this is the key to a balance of the body, mind and soul.

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