Robyn's #1 Tip For Easy Weight Loss
Posted on February 18, 2016 by Jessica
Taken from Go With Your Gut by Robyn Youkilis.
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The number one question I get asked by my audience is, “What’s the most important thing I can do right now to feel better, be healthier, and lose weight?” My answer is always the same:
You need to learn how to start chewing your food.
If you stop to think about it, has anyone ever taught you HOW to eat? Think back to your childhood. Aside from “Don’t talk with your mouth full,” “Finish your veggies,” and “Keep your elbows off the table,” did anyone ever say, “THIS is how you chew and how many bites per mouthful you need in order to properly digest what you are putting into your belly?” Did they explain that this is something you will be doing every single day for the rest of your life? That you must chew, until liquid, always, before you swallow? This little matter of chewing your food is the likely culprit behind most common digestive issues.
NEWS FLASH: YOUR STOMACH DOESN’T HAVE TEETH
I constantly remind my community, “Your stomach doesn’t have teeth,” so don’t expect it to do your chewing for you!
I’m here to get you to practice chewing more.
Depending on the food, aim to chew anywhere from 20 to 50 times with each mouthful.
Some monks chew to 100 (I haven’t actually met any of these monks, but I would like to!). Chewing is the best (and totally free!) practice to give your brain enough time to catch up with your belly. It takes at least 20 minutes for our body to process that it’s eaten anything and most of us finish a very large meal in less time than that. If you do the math, you aren’t giving your body a chance to signal to you that it’s had enough before you clean your plate.
Food that cannot be digested (i.e. anything you swallow that isn’t chewed thoroughly), is not necessarily eliminated, but can turn into debris in the body and cause inflammation. Essentially, you are leaving too many windows open on your computer, confusing and over-tasking it, and instead of uploading the video immediately, your body has to push through that upload signal.
This will sound so foreign, and you may not realize how far you probably are from doing this and how strange it is going to feel at first, but you want to chew your food until it is completely transformed from solid to mush. Most of us are not remotely used to what this feels like inside our mouths. It took me at least two years of determined practice and patience before I felt I was doing this unconsciously. I still sometimes catch myself swallowing after five chews. I have to check myself when I’m feeling impatient and want to rebel.
This applies to everyone—whether you’re eating your lunch at your desk or dining al fresco on your yacht in Tahiti. You could be from any culture with any type of cuisine from anywhere on the globe; everyone needs to chew their food, allowing the saliva that was designed to work on our food to do its job.