Feel better by chewing your food!

Howdy Everyone!

Happy Wednesday to you all!

I am sitting here in my living room sipping a cup of Teeccino and figured it was a great time to write my blog post.

On Monday night my mom and I went to a “back on track” seminar where the speakers went over how to regain your vision and bring back proper nutrition.  The reason this seminar was held is because everyone at this time in February have fallen off their New Years Resolutions band wagon.  Have you found yourself slipping back to your old “comfortable” ways?

Stats show that roughly 70 days after New Years people fall off these hopeful resolutions.  So this seminar was to bring us all back into our vision for this year.

I can not say I have fallen off of mine.  But this was a great refresher for me.

I learned a lot from the nutritionist who spoke and was able to ask her many questions which I absolutely love!  For some reason my eating and health consume me and I get in this trance when I am around people that believe the same things I do about food for the body.  It was fab!!

The largest tip / topic she discussed that really stuck with me was the importance of CHEWING your food until it is in a liquid state. I almost fell off my seat. I am the fastest eater you will ever meet. I am done when people are still on their appetizer!

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“WOW” I said to myself as she was going over what happens to the body when you don’t chew your food properly and the symptoms you will see currently in your body that are linked to ill chewing.

How many times to chew each bite you ask?

30 – 50 times or enough to make sure it is in a liquid form.

To make a long story short, digestion starts in the mouth and not the stomach as most people believe.  When food enters your mouth, saliva forms ready to coat the food to be taken down to the stomach where the acid is waiting to break it down.  Our tummies don’t have teeth, so large pieces of food can’t be broken down.

What happens with the food is it will start to get trapped in your intestines along the walls causing toxins in the body and many physical issues.  Plus, if our bodies are meant to absorb the nutrients and then release the waste this can not happen properly if the food is too large and stuck.  No nutrients will be used and no eliminating will be done after every meal as it should ;)

Since Monday I have been chewing everything 50 times!  It is so hard to get used to as I am was such a fast eater!  Salads take me forever to finish.

Smoothies and soups are to be fully coated in saliva before being swallowed. I figured I had to throw that tid bit in as that was a question asked at the seminar and well I think we all drink a smoothie through the day here!

Properly chewing your food will increase your energy, relieve bloating and gas and make you feel a whole lot better!

I challenge you all to chew each bite of 1 meal a day properly.  I know every meal to start might be too much, but 1 is easy.  Your body will thank you :)

Like I said I am rocking this chewing with all my meals and notice a difference already……and a sore jaw….but that will pass :)

These golden gems just came out of the oven.  They are made without a store bought sweetener!!!  I will post the recipe tomorrow!

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REMINDER – You still have time to enter for the Daily Detox Drops Give Away!  I will be closing the this contest at 8pm Thursday, February 25th!

Do you chew your food 30 – 50 times?  Are you up for this challenge?

XXOO
Kris

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18 Responses to “Feel better by chewing your food!”

  1. Kelly @ Healthy Passion February 25, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    That is SUCH good advice! I try really hard to chew my food but I really have to focus on it. I am hoping that one day it becomes a habit and is something I can do without thinking about!

    Those cookies look yum! I can’t wait for the recipe!! :)
    .-= Kelly @ Healthy Passion´s last blog ..Work It Out Wednesday =-.

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  2. Christie February 25, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Wow- great blog today! Its funny how we can sometimes rush through eating, especially when we are starving! I’m going to focus on chewing better too! Thanks!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, too :)

    ~Christie (http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/)
    .-= Christie´s last blog ..YES, I BLOG. =-.

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  3. kilax February 25, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    I wrote about this awhile ago, and have been trying to chew more and am struggling. I was aiming for 30. 50?! Yikes!
    .-= kilax´s last blog ..Fear of the unknown =-.

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  4. Heather (Where's the Beach) February 25, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    I KNOW I don’t chew my food enough. I eat way too fast
    .-= Heather (Where’s the Beach)´s last blog ..Tuesday Trumps Monday =-.

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  5. mandy February 25, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Cute blog…this is such an important topic because we really don’t realize how easy it is to just swallow every thing down without chewing. I drink a ton of smoothies and eat a ton of soups and never really thought of “coating it with saliva” first… thanks!
    .-= mandy´s last blog ..Off the Flame… =-.

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  6. daintyvegan February 25, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I know that I’m supposed to chew food well but I’m still in the process of getting to that point. It takes so much work! Haha… Tonight I’ll attempt to chew, chew, chew my food.
    .-= daintyvegan´s last blog ..No Worries :) =-.

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  7. Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 25, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    Hey, I just found your blog from a comment you left on Roller Koester Run. Excellent post and I love the rest of your blog I’ve seen so far! :)

    I’m terrible at really chewing my food…I’ll work on it!

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  8. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 25, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    wow.. I’m not sure I could do that!! That seems like a lot of commitment! hahaaha.. food tastes sooooo good sometimes! But I can understand why it’s a good idea!!

    xoooooooxoxoxoxxo
    Did you get your $$ yet!?

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  9. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' February 25, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    I try really hard to chew my food! I know it’s good for me, but it’s tough sometimes! (I’m totally a fast eater, too!) For salads, I try chopping mine into smaller bites immediately– so some of the “chewing” is done for me. I think that was a tip I got from the book, “Raw Food Real World.”

    I love being around people who have the same health and food beliefs as me, too! Sounds like a fun seminar!
    .-= Megan @ Healthy Hoggin’´s last blog ..Blending Up a Storm =-.

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  10. RIN vegn in the city February 25, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    yessss!

    i’ve been reading about this lately & am trying to implement it. sometimes when the food tastes SOOO good i just gulf it down but lately i’ve been trying to chew more. i am noticing an improvement in digestion! great post, very in depth, i love it!
    .-= RIN vegn in the city´s last blog ..Fresh Film! + Food Combining =-.

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  11. Kristie February 25, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    I chew my food pretty slowly at dinners, but on my 15 minute lunch break at work I have to scarf down my food – I can barely eat it fast enough! Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to chew each bite 30-50 times, you know? :)

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  12. lisa February 25, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    I am going to try this tomorrow– great suggestion with the one meal attempt :)
    thank you so much. I really enjoy your blog.

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  13. Ameena February 25, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    I don’t chew nearly enough because I forget! If I was focusing on eating instead of reading blogs as I eat I could probably do a better job on this.

    I am going to give this some serious attention. It may even help my stomach troubles. Thanks Kris!

    PS – The new car is Ali’s and it has more buttons than a plane. For now I’m sticking with my far more basic Audi. :)
    .-= Ameena´s last blog ..Kudos =-.

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  14. Just Audrey February 25, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Chewing is HARD for me. I bite and swallow. Gobble, really. This is great info, though. Very interesting. I’ll def. try to make a more conscious effort to be a better chewer. That sounds weird…

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  15. kalli@fitandfortysomething February 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    What great advice! I too am a very fast eater…..I better start chewing more.
    DO people really go to the bathroom after each meal?

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  16. Naomi (onefitfoodie) February 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    awesome advice, my mom used to work at a macrobiotic restauarant and if you ate there you had to chew your food 20 times before swallowing! i tried it once it was SO hard, its amazin how fast we eat! i should try to slow down more…thank s for this!!!

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  17. Natasha February 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    In general I chew my food well. Others have commented on that. I probably would not chew as much as you mentioned in this post, since at some point the food changes flavour, and as someone who is fussy, and not really the biggest foodie, the food loses it’s appeal.

    It’s true though that we need to slow down our eating, and focusing on the chewing is the best method :-)

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  18. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. February 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Wow! How interesting! I never knew! I’m up for the challenge!
    .-= Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.´s last blog ..Review! Nature’s Path Organic Cereal and Granola Bars =-.

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