Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Step Up Challenge 3: Chew your food!

No, really, chew your food properly.

This challenge has no levels. It's really that simple.

I am not a sloppy eater. It is not my goal to see how fast I can finish a plate of food. However, I do find myself often (if not always) swallowing my food as soon as it is small enough to do so (except that chip yesterday, that hurt!).

After reading about and implementing soaking my oats, grains and beans, I got to thinking about the rest of the digestion process (soaking is supposed to break down the food, so it's easier on your system, and more nutrients are absorbed).

You can read more here, or here about the benefits of chewing your food. Here are a few that top my list:

  • You will eat slower, because chewing does take time. Thus, you will become fuller with a smaller amount of food.
  • You get more nutrients out of you food.
  • You get to enjoy your meal, because get the chance to savor the flavors

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