Chew longer. Apparently most of when we go out for a meal, chew only four times before swallowing. We eat fast and consequently make it much harder for our bodies to digest.
After making myself a lovely big salad yesterday for lunch, I sat down with the bowl placed to one side of my laptop and kept working. Jabbing my fork into it as I sat focussed much more intently on an email I was writing, than the food which I’d so enjoyed making. And then after several mouthfuls, I realised that I was only chewing three or four times before swallowing. And I probably should add in the spirit of being honest, that I was also chewing fast. In a hurry to finish my food for no good reason.
So I sat there, slightly startled, and proceeded to chew more slowly and for longer. I kept working, but I paid more attention to my food and the amazing thing was that I was much more full than I usually am after eating a salad with no carbs.
And it made me think of Nick’s earlier comment about considering his life to be full rather than busy. Because somehow when we’re busy-busy-busy we’re also often slightly distracted.
So thanks to Nick and Nicola, today I am feeling pleasantly full. Yes I’ve had a very busy week and the next few weeks look like they’ll be the same, but now I’m choosing to view them as full rather than very busy. And the fruit I ate for lunch was consumed more slowly and my tummy is feeling much happier as a result.
Smart people, Nick and Nicola, with wise things to say. I would highly recommend that you visit both their websites… Learn how to relate, renew, relearn with Nick Potter at Re-Be and how to be more aware of your body and the food that you eat with Nicola Cranfield at the Brooklyn Kitchen.