Simple changes to how we approach our food can make a big difference.
The breakdown of food starts in your mouth. When you chew your food, it breaks into pieces and mixes with saliva so your body can better absorb and use it. Taking the time to chew –ideally each bite of your food 30-40 times or until it liquefies) make digestions easier and means you will assimilate more nutrients. It also means you will feel full sooner and in turn, consume fewer calories, while still feeling full. This a great way to lose or maintenance your weight.
The next time you eat, give it a try!
Before you eat, take a deep breaths and relax.
Focus on the meal you are about to eat.
Do your best to chew each bite 30-40 times and see how you that goes.
Tune into how you feel once you have finished your meal.
When you get used to doing this this, you won’t have to count your bites any more. You will know from the texture of your food (completely liquefied) when to swallow. Remember, your stomach doesn’t have teeth, so the more you can break down the food in your mouth, the easier it will be for your body to digest it, for nutrients to go into the bloodstream leaving you feeling lighter, eating smaller quantities, with better digestions and definitely more energetic.
Give it a try at your next meal today!
Disclaimer: My recipes and suggestions are what have served me well and made me feel my best. This information is for general purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical conditions. You should seek the care of your doctor before starting a new exercise routine or before changing other dietary or lifestyle habits. A health coach is not a licensed nutritionist, registered dietician or medical professional.