I’ve talked a lot about modifying various habits and behaviors when making lifestyle changes. One behavior that is important is chewing. Chewing is actually the first stage of digestion and the more you chew your food the more efficiently our body’s enzymes are able to break down the food for absorption. Certain enzymes are released only through your saliva so if you gulp down your food, you are skipping the first stage in the digestive process and slowing the rest of the process down. It also means that you miss out on nutrients your body needs from the food you are consuming.
Additionally, it is amazing how tasteful your food once you slow down and enjoy the flavor. Keep this in mind over the next 2 weeks and soon this will become a behavior and you will rediscover the joy of eating and actually tasting your food.