Slow down and chew more.  Yes, really.  This one simple strategy can make all the difference. 

In the past I’ve been guilty of bolting my food down so fast that I barely tasted it, there was nothing mindful about the way this hungry caterpillar ate!  But recently I’ve been really trying to slow down and I can honestly say I have noticed a difference.  Chewing your food properly produces the enzymes needed for your body to absorb and assimilate more nutrients and improve digestion.  Because you’re taking more time to chew, you’ll also notice that you feel full sooner, so now instead of rushing up for seconds and filling my face with more food, I’m done.

The next time you eat, give it a try.  Before you eat, take a deep breath or two and relax.  Focus on the meal you are about to eat.  The average person will chew each mouthful about 5 or 6 times, some even less.  Do your best to chew each bite 30 times (yep, you read that right, 30 times!) and see how you do and how you feel.

After you do this for a while you won’t have to count anymore, you’ll know by the texture of the food, which should be completely liquified, before you swallow.  Your stomach doesn’t have teeth, so the more you can break down the food in your mouth, the easier it will be for your body to digest it.

Give it a try at your next meal today.  It’s the little things that make all the difference.