If you’ve ever wondered what went wrong as you’re feeling bloated and heavy you may want to have a think about how you ate your meal, says health and nutrition expert Anu Paalova.
The slower you eat your lunch the better it is going to be digested. And this doesn’t mean you stay at the table for hours chatting and concentrating on reading, watching TV or working on your latest project.
It means that you concentrate on your eating only and that you give proper time for chewing it.
There are also a number of other factors which enter into play: washing your food down with liquids, the wrong combinations of food such as meat and dairy, or generally just eating too much. However, the most important thing is that you create a moment for that one thing that makes you feel better, your good food.
I think the most difficult thing to get right whilst I am in a hurry is to eat slowly. You also have probably noticed that when in a hurry you’ll hurry your food down as well.
But to eat a small amount slowly in a short period of time can be actually much more beneficial than fast and a lot. Food hurried down with haste can create not just partially digested food and digestive toxins, but it can actually stop your digestion all together.
Having eaten a lot and bringing digestion to a standstill will cause damage. On the other hand, if you eat less and without hurry, you will digest well, absorb it properly and reap all the nutritional benefits of the few mouthfuls.
And, one of the best benefits is that you won’t suffer from bloating and gas. Hooray! Be mindful when you eat, even if it is only for a few minutes. It will make a big difference.