Do you know someone who eats standing on two feet? This is just one of the many eating crimes that many of us commit every day, so I thought it might be time to post my definitive guide to eating.
Yes, I know we’ve all been doing it for years - some longer than others - but these rules will not only improve your digestion, they will help you feel fuller and allow you to savour your food in a way that you haven’t for some time.
Rule 1: Practice ‘foodfulness’
Think mindfulness, but for food. Foodfulness is the idea that it’s important to be aware of what you are eating. Many of us waste calories on junk food that we don’t even like that much, just because it is there. Instead, think about what you actually want to eat, and when you go eat a meal or a snack, be present and enjoy it!
Rule 2: Never eat on two feet
Eating on the run is not only bad for your digestion, it’s also bad for your stress levels, which goes on to have an effect on your entire body. Taking the time to sit down and enjoy your food on a plate only takes 10 minutes, but it will help reduce your stress levels and allow you to actually appreciate the food on your plate.
Rule 3: Never eat in front of the TV or in bed
By eating in front of the TV or in bed, you are linking eating to entertainment or relaxation. This link can create issues for you down the track, where you may feel like you can’t watch TV or get into bed without something to eat. Linking feelings and food can also lead to mindless overeating and emotional eating.
Rule 4: Chew slowly
Do you know how many times you are meant to chew your food? Depending on what you’re eating, you might need to chew dense foods up to 30 times before swallowing. If that number seems high to you, you’re not alone. Most of us don’t chew our food nearly enough, which is funny, because there are so many benefits from chewing your food more. These include better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss or maintenance, and greater satisfaction with meals. Meanwhile, eating quickly leads to poor digestion, increased weight gain, and lower satisfaction.
Rule 5: Don’t drink with your meals
Many people sit down to dinner with a glass of water, which may seem healthy, but it’s actually against one of my rules. While sipping water during meals is fine, drinking a glass or two may interfere with digestion. It’s best to drink fluids either 15 minutes before eating, or 1 hour after.
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