Twenty minutes is not enough time for lunch. Today, that’s all I had between meetings and random tasks. I barely chewed my food and tonight I arrived home feeling bloated and heavy. Even after a Pilates class, gas bubbles are still trapped beneath my rib cage. At least that’s what it feels like. I’m almost certain it has everything to do with me not spending quality time with my lunch.
My recommendation is to make time for eating, don’t multi-task, and chew your food well — even semi-liquid food such as yogurt. If you’re eating while reading this (which is not my recommendation), try chewing very slowly and be present with your meal. Digestion starts with the eyes then nose then the mouth. Chewing stimulates the production of saliva which contains essential enzymes that contribute to the chemical process of digestion. Of course, it plays a huge role in lubricating your food bringing happiness and peace to your esophagus.
The goal is to chew your food until you can no longer tell what you’re eating by its texture. Chewing promotes weight loss, better sleep, less gas or bloating, plus it prevents bacteria, inspiring productivity and a more energetic you.
This week practice chewing your food with the intention of nurturing your hard working body.