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    P2 contemplation

    One of the things I am realizing this round is that, although yeah, my metabolism and my body respond just the way Dr. Simeons describes for people with a tendency to obesity, my attitudes and expectations can either compound the problem or combat it.

    One thing I'm looking at is that everyone in my family tends to eat fast, taking big bites, and eating until we're stuffed full (and yes, we all can get very chubby). What would happen if, instead of trying to eat, "as much food as I can enjoy", I tried to eat, "as small an amount as I need to feel satisfied and happy"?

    How about if I concentrate on enjoying each bite to the fullest, rather than making sure I eat every bite (whether I'm still really enjoying it or not)? I mean, the point of eating something is to enjoy it, right? It's not to hit some quantity goal (or some speed goal!), and if there's something left on the plate after I've hit the point where I have eaten "as small an amount as I need to feel satisfied and happy", why don't I put it in Tupperware and enjoy it another time when I will really ENJOY it?

    R3P2D28. Feelin' deep.

    -Lisa-

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    Hi Lisa -

    I'm glad you touched on this! I actually have written an article called Slow Down & Chew for a different website. Slowing down and really enjoying your meal has a lot of benefits as well. Here is the article that I wrote:

    Did you know that by chewing your food more, you can improve your digestion? Something as simple as chewing more, can increase circulation, enhance immunity, increase energy & endurance, as well as improve skin health & stabilize weight! Digestion actually begins in our mouths, when our food makes its first contact with our teeth and the digestion enzymes in our saliva help break down the food we are eating. We are usually so rushed during our day to day activities that we tend to forget to chew our food well. We are eating while we are distracted, whether we are working, reading, talking, or watching TV. On average, we only chew each bite of food 8 times before swallowing.

    Here are some benefits for slowing down and chewing your food:

    Saliva will help break down our food into simple sugars, which makes our food sweeter. The more we chew, the sweeter our food becomes and it will help cut down on those sweet cravings we get after our meals.
    Chewing reduces digestive distress and improves assimilation, allowing our bodies to absorb maximum nutrition from each bite.
    The more we chew, the more endorphins we produce, which helps create more good feelings!
    The slower you eat, the more in tune you are with your body. When we chew slowly, we are more likely to notice when we are full.
    Slowing down allows you to enjoy the smells, flavors, and textures of your food.

    To help slow down when eating here are some tips to help:

    Try eating without any technology readily available or on. Turn off the TV, cell phones, and close your book or newspaper. Pay attention to what you’re eating and enjoy the company of the people around you.
    Try counting how many times you chew a single bit. Try increasing this to 30 chews per bite. It will be hard at first, but with the benefits listed above, it’s well worth it.

    Thanks for bringing this up, Lisa!

    Sadie
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    Hi Lisa -

    I'm glad you touched on this! I actually have written an article called Slow Down & Chew for a different website. Slowing down and really enjoying your meal has a lot of benefits as well. Here is the article that I wrote:

    Did you know that by chewing your food more, you can improve your digestion? Something as simple as chewing more, can increase circulation, enhance immunity, increase energy & endurance, as well as improve skin health & stabilize weight! Digestion actually begins in our mouths, when our food makes its first contact with our teeth and the digestion enzymes in our saliva help break down the food we are eating. We are usually so rushed during our day to day activities that we tend to forget to chew our food well. We are eating while we are distracted, whether we are working, reading, talking, or watching TV. On average, we only chew each bite of food 8 times before swallowing.

    Here are some benefits for slowing down and chewing your food:

    Saliva will help break down our food into simple sugars, which makes our food sweeter. The more we chew, the sweeter our food becomes and it will help cut down on those sweet cravings we get after our meals.
    Chewing reduces digestive distress and improves assimilation, allowing our bodies to absorb maximum nutrition from each bite.
    The more we chew, the more endorphins we produce, which helps create more good feelings!
    The slower you eat, the more in tune you are with your body. When we chew slowly, we are more likely to notice when we are full.
    Slowing down allows you to enjoy the smells, flavors, and textures of your food.

    To help slow down when eating here are some tips to help:

    Try eating without any technology readily available or on. Turn off the TV, cell phones, and close your book or newspaper. Pay attention to what youíre eating and enjoy the company of the people around you.
    Try counting how many times you chew a single bit. Try increasing this to 30 chews per bite. It will be hard at first, but with the benefits listed above, itís well worth it.

    Thanks for bringing this up, Lisa!

    Sadie
    Sadie Salazar
    sadie@vitalmend.com
    Customer Service Supervisor
    Certified Holistic Health Counselor

    Hours: 6am - 2pm MST Monday - Friday

    www.YourHCG.com | www.Facebook.com/YourHCG | www.Twitter.com/Your_HCG

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