Monday, April 4, 2011

Chew, Chew, Chew Your Food!

     I know I've already posted in the past about chewing, but we all can use the friendly reminder to chew our food well! In fact, I need to remind myself daily to slow down. Ideally, we should chew each bite 32x...50x is even better! For those of you who find it difficult to concentrate on chewing or you lose count too easily, try singing this little song I just learned from the book Power Eating Program by Lino Stanchich.

(To the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Chew, Chew, Chew your food
Gently through the meal
The more you chew the less you eat
The better you will feel!

     By the time you sing through this song twice, you will have chewed 50 times!!! Power Eating Program is a fantastic book on understanding that not only are we what we eat, but also how we eat. Ah, it is amazing! If you desire to reach optimal health, heal your body from illness, maximize the energy you receive from your food, improve your digestion, etc., please check out this book. It is an easy read, but packed full of what could be life-changing information...if you are willing to accept the principles...give it a chance! :-)

     Remember, food is not just edible material that keeps our stomachs from growling. It is so much more. It can offer us energy that we don't even know we are capable of experiencing!

     My challenge to you for the week:
          1. Sit quietly and peacefully for one meal each day to focus on your food and how you eat.
          2. Pay attention to how the food makes you feel and your number of chews per bite.
          3. After you are finished, think about the the amount you ate and at what speed. Did you eat as much as you normally do or did a smaller amount satisfied your needs? Did you eat slower allowing for a greater appreciation for the food you prepared?

     As always, take this bountiful information I've presented as you please. Perhaps you won't practice it this week, but maybe in a few months you'll try it. Changing your eating habits may not happen can take a long time to accept different ideas (...not crazy ideas ;-)) and to change our ways. Trust me, I've always been the one to finish my meal before everyone else...just ask, hm, pretty much anyone who knows me! So if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! :)

     Blessings to you and on your chews from a gal who is happily singing "Chew, chew, chew your food..." with each bite!

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