Rants, Rules & Recipes

An Effort to End Nutritional Ignorance

RULE: Chew Your Food


There’s this great thing called chewing.

If you’re like me, you’ve done very little chewing and much more inhaling of food over the years.

Usually I’m shoveling in enormous bites, in between patients or while driving. Not good.

We all forget food is not for entertainment or even for taste.  We eat to stay alive and to nurture and heal our bodies.

As we enter the winter gorge-fest season, when you do eat, consider chewing the bite in your mouth before loading the next one.  The foods you eat (assuming they are real foods, not packaged or processed) have all kinds of powerful anti-aging, energy-boosting, cancer-fighting nutrients in them, but need to be “unlocked” for your body to utilize them.

How, oh wise one, do you “unlock” them?

Easy, Chewing!

Some folks recommend chewing 50 – 100 times!

What?! That does seem almost impossible, doesn’t it? Try it.  My ‘muscles of mastication’ (my jaws) were literally sore when I did this for a day.

Others say chew each bite for 30 seconds.

If you’re like me and don’t want to count to 30 over and over in my head while at a social engagement, just chew long enough to liquify your food.  Chew food into a liquid then swallow.

Chewing slowly and thoroughly will:

1. Aid in Digestion

2. Reduce Heartburn

3. Prevent Over Eating

4. Promote Weight Loss


2 comments on “RULE: Chew Your Food

  1. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    December 11, 2013

    Chewing reduces resistant starch. 🙂 (Just had to throw out a potential negative I read about lately.) Chewing is good. Just have to remind myself to slow down and do it!

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      December 12, 2013

      always good to hear what folks are reading about!
      Yeah, I am a wolverine with my food if Im not paying attention!

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