To get the most out of every nutrient we put in our body, we have to focus on the food we’re eating. It’s really easy to mindlessly put food in our mouth. Have you ever been munching a bag of M&Ms, went to grab another one, and realized the bag was empty? This is usually followed by the thought that there weren’t very many to begin with. When in reality it’s just there was no focus on what was being eaten.
So here’s the solution. Sit down with your food, preferably in a quiet, relaxed environment. (Unless you’re with friends and having a great time enjoying your meal. In that case you’re still focusing.) Take the time to notice the colors, the texture, and the smell. Think about how you know it’s going to taste. This gets all your senses ready for the meal. It helps your body get into a parasympathetic state. Now, take your first bite. Really focus on the taste, the texture, and the flavors. Chew your bite until it’s almost liquefied, then swallow. Note the sensation of warmth or the chill entering your body. Recognize the satisfaction of that bite.
Focusing on your food will slow down your eating process, help nutrient absorption, reduced stress, help your body metabolize food better, help satify your hunger, and make all your senses more aware.