Editor’s Note: Yes, this is a blog about chewing…and without ruining the surprise…Loni is going to tell you to chew more. Which means you should tell your kids to chew more. And yes, you don’t need to tell us, we know how gross, slobbery, drooly, spit-flying fun kids chewing can be. Now that that is out of the way, please read on and enjoy!
The Blog: When it comes to increased health, it’s not just what we eat but how we eat (and why but we will save that for a different post). Digestion actually begins in the mouth, where contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva break down food. But these days most of us rush through the whole eating experience, barely acknowledging what we’re putting in our mouths. We eat while distracted—working, in the car, talking to the kids or watching television—and swallow our food practically whole. On average we chew each bite only eight times. It’s no wonder that many people have digestive problems.
So, I say SLOW DOWN and CHEW! Did you know the more you chew the sweeter the food becomes? What a great way to reduce those after-meal sweet cravings. Chewing also reduces digestive distress and improves assimilation, allowing our bodies to absorb maximum nutrition from each bite of food. More chewing produces more endorphins, the brain chemicals responsible for creating good feelings.
BONUS: Chewing is helpful for weight loss, because when we are chewing well, we are more apt to notice when we are full. In fact, chewing can promote increased circulation, enhanced immunity, increased energy and endurance, as well as improve skin health and stabilize weight.
You have to eat every day—why not learn to savor and enjoy it?
Loni Markman is not your typical Nutrition Consultant! Loni has been working in the field of wellness for almost a decade, helping clients find nourishment and balance in their everyday lives. She focuses on pre and post natal nutrition, weight management and general women’s health. She has a true passion for educating and inspiring others on their journey to better heath.
Loni holds a Masters Degree in Health, a Bachelors in Business, a Certification as a Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a Certification in the Psychology of Eating with Marc David, she holds a Certification from Power Pilates and has extensive studies in Emotional Freedom Technique. All of which she infuses into her integrative coaching with clients. You can learn more about Loni on her websites – www.elementsoffit.com and www.positivebodyprogram.com.