How to Eat
September 22nd. 2013
We’ve looked at the importance of having a good breakfast, we’ve looked at various delicious and nourishing breakfast options, now I’d like to take a look at how to eat in the first place! I’m going to outline 3 good practice habits to develop.
So often I find my customers tell me they suffer from bloating or reflux or a horrible uncomfortable feeling in their belly where their food isn’t digesting well. There are several remedies that can help with this but the first thing to implement are some good practice habits that cost nothing – the first is to become aware that every single thing we eat has to be broken down by our teeth. We need to chew, chew and chew! Our food should be soft and liquidy by the time we swallow it.
A good tip to encourage your chewing practice is to count – at leaast to 20, some people count to 50! Or check that the texture of your mouthful of food is sufficienly soft and with no solid bits.
One little tip that works well for some of my customers is to physically put your fork and knife down on the table between mouthfuls – it really works to slow you down!
The second good practice habit to develop is to only drink a small amount with your meals, or not to drink at all. Large volumes of water will only encourage you to ‘wash down’ mouthfuls of half-chewed food and also interferes with how your stomach digests your food.
A small glass of water or wine sipped at tntervals is fine, but large glasses of water or juice or fizzy drinks, especially iced, are a real habit to break.
The third good practice habit is to turn off the TV, Radio, Phone and to put away the Newspaper or book you may be reading. Focus on the plate of food in front of you and enjoy the quiet time to chew well and really savour your food. This takes a bit of practice as it can initially seem quite dull without the usual distractions. For some people it is pure relief and they can eat no other way.
You now have no distractions so you can really look at your food, really taste it and really enjoy eating it slowly. Sometimes we may feel we just don’t have the time to devote to eating a meal like this so introduce the practice gradually, starting with the evening meal say where you’re not rushing or have lots to do. After a while you will find you will take more and more notice of what you’re eating and your surroundings. Then you might find yourself setting the table with extra care and really relaxing while you eat. I encourage my customers to look at the clock when they start eating and not get up until at least 20 minutes have passed. This gives time to let your meal sit and digest better and to avoid running and racing on a full tummy.
Give yourself 3 weeks to let these new habits sink in to your subconscious mind and it will become the norm for you.The upshot of all of this is that your tummy will really thank you so it’s well worth considering and it costs you nothing except a little mental application.
So enjoy your meals – sit upright and comfortably, plug out the world for a while, chew well and leave the big glugs of liquid aside for another time when you’re not eating. These are good habits for a lifetime!