Did you know that hundreds of people die each year by choking on food? Often the concept of taking bite-sized pieces and chewing them well gets lost in the process of eating. The results can be disastrous.
One of the best ways to stay healthy, have good digestion, and maintain our ideal weight is to chew food well. Think in terms of 32 chews per bite (one chew for each tooth). Mahatma Gandhi used to say, “Drink your food and chew your drinks.” What he had in mind was chewing food well enough that it got liquefied before being swallowed, and that drinks be treated like food and mixed with saliva before being swallowed.
An easy way to get into the chewing habit is to cut your food into small pieces. I had a friend who had used this technique to lose weight and it helped her maintain her slim weight. When we’d go out, she would systematically cut all the food on her plate into small pieces. Then she’d put one piece in her mouth, put her fork down, and chew it a lot before she picked up the next piece.
As an observer, it seemed to me that she was truly enjoying her food. So I started experimenting with it myself. It helped me slow down my eating (who can’t use that) as well as enjoy the flavors of each bite. I have also learned to use it when I’ve been out and have had very few food choices (a disaster for someone with a big appetite and fast metabolism). I found that I got fuller a lot sooner by really relishing each bite. I was also able to leave the table feeling full and satisfied with very little food (or at least a lot less than I was used to).
This can be a great technique to use if you want to lose weight and don’t want to give up the foods you love. Just make it a practice of really paying attention to your eating.
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