Life gets so busy that often we eat in a rush or even skip meals because we are just too busy. It’s time to take better care of yourself and make time for eating. Eating too fast, eating late, or skipping meals isn’t healthy for your body.
How much time is needed to eat a meal?
Ideally, eating your meal should take at least 20 minutes to give your body time to process the fact that you are eating and for your body to realize when it is full.
So, just for fun, go ahead and time yourself the next time you’re having a meal and see how long it took you from start to finish. If it took you 5 to 10 minutes, 10 to 15 minutes. Just make a note of how long it took you.
Now think, if it took you 5 to 10 minutes, how well do you think you actually chewed your food? How hard will your body have to work to digest your food? Did you feel full? Did you eat a large portion or a decent sized portion?
How important is chewing your food?
Well, what if I told you that chewing your food is the first step in your body’s digestive process of the foods you consume. Your saliva carries enzymes that help breakdown your food as you chew. Chewing your food from twenty to thirty times allows the proper breakdown of your food before it goes to your stomach. Of course, if the food your eating is already soft or doesn’t consist of that much chewing then it may not be necessary to chew that particular food that much. Just think, how much more productive and efficient are your organs going to be working to aid in the digestive process for elimination when you take the time to chew.
What are some side effects of not chewing your food well?
According to an article written by Erica Cirino Healthline.com not chewing your food enough may cause digestive problems such as the following:
- acid reflux
Here are some tips to help with time and eating mindfully:
- Pack a lunch for work.
- If you have to eat out, make sure to set aside time for your order, time to eat, and time to commute.
- Chew your food well.
- Savor your food
- Enjoy your meal time
- Put your fork down a couple times while eating and breathe.
I hope you enjoyed this read and I hope you find this article useful in the process of making yourself healthier!
How to Chewing Guide. (n.d.). Health Coach Institute.com. Retrieved June 20, 2019, from https://www.healthcoachinstitute.com