Is There A Wrong Way To Eat HEALTHY Food?

This is a trick question. First, it's always better to eat healthy, whole, non-processed foods. But, did you know that you can do something very, very easy to help you get the best nourishment from your healthy food?

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Take the time to eat slowly to improve your digestion and enjoy your meal

It's simple, just slow down! I noticed this morning, that I was trying to rush through my breakfast. I had a lot to do, and not much time to eat. I was scarfing down breakfast, but then I got to the pistachios and had to slow down because they were in their shells. I felt aggravated that I had to slow down, but then I realized that slowing down was actually good for me and my body.

Here's why eating slowly can help you:

  • By eating fast, we don't chew as much as normal. Chewing allows the food to be broken down before heading to the digestive system.
  • By rushing meals, we often over-eat. If we're hurriedly eating, our brain does not get the "full" signal quickly enough even though we have nourished ourselves. It's very easy to become "overfull" by rushing.
  • By taking a moment to think about our food (pray before our meal, or take a few minutes to prepare food), our bodies actually rev-up the digestive system to prepare for the food that is coming.
  • By eating quickly, we often are unmindful of what we're actually eating. When we are in a hurry, we often make poor food choices.

Take a few minutes extra today, say a blessing before you eat, chew your food slowly, and pace yourself. Your body will thank you.

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