You've all heard this repeatedly throughout your lives. As parents you've most likely said it many times to your older kids. But do you actually do it?! And while it goes without saying that chewing your food prevents you from choking, are there additional benefits to it? Absolutely, and significant ones too!
These are just a few example of the benefits of chewing your food. Now, how can you REMEMBER to chew your food?
Eating fast and not chewing your food is a HABIT and takes intention and action to learn to slow down. As children we start off chewing our food very well, keeping it in our mouths as long as needed, swallowing and moving on to the next bite when were ready. My children chew their food slowly and sometimes keep it in their mouths for up to 5 minutes! But as we develop and mature within a fast paced society, our eating habits also become faster and we lose the ability to naturally and instinctively chew and eat slowly. Here are a few tips to help...
Proper chewing is the FIRST step for optimal digestive health AND one of the EASIEST ones to implement into your daily routine! The various benefits acquired from fully chewing your food and practicing mindful eating techniques, make it well worth the time and effort!