Monday, 12 November 2012

Eat Less, Chew More

What is the one thing we need to live to our fullest potential? What is critical to our success in life? Unlike what most people think, this secret ingredient is "Energy". A lot of it. And where does our energy come from? Any guesses? I am sorry to disappoint you on this one as well. Our energy comes from the "Food".
Not amused? Let's look closely. Most people are unaware of the fact that their eating habits are to blame if they do not experience 'fire in the belly'. Why? Because quantity of consumption determines the energy levels. The higher the consumption, the lower the energy levels and vice versa. So if you wake up tired or not as fresh then it is because of the heavy meal you consumed the last night. It has been scientifically proven that heavy meals consumed the previous night will adversely affect the quality of sleep. Even though you sleep beyond 6 or 7 hours, your body actually didn't rest. It was busy digesting the food.
Probably you are eating too much at one time or eating late in the night. If you eat heavy meals at any time of the day, then you force your body to focus on the digestion. As a result, all the energy is diverted to this process leaving you feeling dizzy and making you inefficient at performing the task at hand.
The way out is to eat less than what you actually feel like eating. Your best bet is to eat small but frequent meals, say 6 to 7 times a day. You should also properly chew your food before you swallow it. The process of digestion starts from the mouth itself. Adequate chewing facilitates break down of food with the help of Saliva and aids proper digestion and later absorption of the nutrients. Eat slowly and chew till the food in mouth becomes like a paste and then swallow it.
So what benefits you derive from eating less and chewing more? You will have unending supply of energy. Your dependence on tea and coffee will reduce substantially which in turn will make you more healthy. You will notice that you suddenly started accomplishing more in your day-to-day life. Most importantly, since you won't feel as tired in the evening, you will be able to spent quality time with family.
Not convinced? Try it. You will get your answer.