The Year of Chewing Food Dangerously
For over 40 years, I didn't chew my food. That all changed last year when I chose to alter my lifestyle and diet, which led to meeting with a health practitioner who opened my eyes to the relationship between chewing and a vibrant digestive system.
Moreover, the act of consuming food is in itself a sacred connection, and by consciously chewing and savoring meals, I am building a deeper relationship with the universe. Think of it this way, if you are only chewing a mouthful of food three to five times, that's like a brief wave to a friend across the street as you quickly continue on your way. Alternatively, you could chew a mouthful of food twenty-five to fifty times and this is like sitting down with your dearest friend for a delicious afternoon of laughter and conversation.
The first thing I noticed when I tried to consciously chew a mouthful of food twenty-five times is how frustrated and tired I felt. Eating became my second job and that was no fun for after all I was seeking food as a form of escape from work. Nevertheless, I continued on my way, staying aware of my resistance and how chewing changed my whole dining experience. Later as my chewing progressed, I became fuller faster, expanded my range of taste, and actually desired less food because when I chewed more, I satisfied my need through the act of savoring.
I have no doubt that consciously chewing my food has improved my health, my relationship to food, and brought me closer to the sacred universe.