Meditative Practices

I wonder how many readers have been urged to learn to meditate as a way to reduce stress and add more calm to their busy, bumptious lives. I know it has been suggested to me. Often I want to smack the generous soul offering this.
Recently in my readings I came across an article on practices in meditation. One instruction stuck with me. It may seem a bit odd, but the advice is to
” chew your food longer.”
People who cope with an eating disorder on a daily basis know the importance of being fully present while eating. ” Being fully present” is a term that has achieved ‘pop’ status. What does it mean?
Simply that your mind, rather than rushing 18 hours ahead on the project you have to finish by Wednesday and various other distractions, sits down with you at the table to appreciate the foods you are about to consume.
What pleasure does food offer in addition to nutrients? Taste is one gift and texture is another. We feel satisfied.
Saliva has an alkaline PH so the more of it that mixes with your food, the more the acid in your stomach will be neutralized. You ought to suffer with less indigestion and heartburn. In addition, the more your teeth break food down the less acid your stomach will have to produce and it won’t be forced to attack half chewed chunks.
There are added benefits to longer chewing to do with weight. Taking more time achieves a sense of fullness somewhat sooner and we don’t tend to eat as much.
So, slow down the next time you ‘re hungry. Whether you make a cup of tea and drink it with a few cookies or a handful of nuts or if you sit down to a meal of roast turkey and squash and mashed potatoes, take your time. Sit. Don’t stand at a counter or in your car with one hand on the wheel wolfing down like a wild cat. Lions and cheetahs have to tear off chunks and swallow them whole before a competitor steals their prey. Cows and sheep chew so long it takes it to another extreme. Each animal has teeth suited for the job. We humans have teeth made for sustained periods of mastication.
So sit down. Savor the flavors and stress less.

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2 Responses to “Meditative Practices”

  1. clover58 Says:

    We should all slow down while eating. I have relatives who chow down as though it is a contest. In fact, one grandson, when young, would gobble his food as though in contest with another to be the first done. And there are those who enjoy their food and eat slowly while interacting with others at the table, getting much pleasure from the event.

    • writerraebeth Says:

      It makes no sense to take a lot of time and care to prepare something tasty and the bolt it down either. I ve noticed through the years like for Thanksgiving, you cook and bake sometimes several days, serve the food and people can be done in less than 10 minutes.

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