Wait, its JUNE?? Where did the last month GO? I honestly feel like yesterday I was writing about my MAY intentions. I guess its true what they say - time flies when you're having fun!
As I've mentioned before, this year I'm setting monthly intentions. In case you missed it:
January - I revamped my morning routine.
February - I added in daily meditation.
Quick reflection on May - my intention was to share more "Wellness with Emily approved" products and brands with you all. I established two new series on the blog: "Things I'm Loving Lately" which I will post monthly and "What I Ate Wednesday" which I will post weekly. As always, if there are specific things you would like to see me cover in these posts or elsewhere, please let me know!!
And now, onto JUNE!
As some of you may know, I broke my toe last month. Silly accident, but it's caused me to take a step back and slow myself down, which is GREAT. The intention for this month comes from this experience and my efforts to slow down in all areas of my life. My intention for June is to chew food thoroughly and completely. Sounds simple enough, right?
CHEWING. We all do it, and do it often. What does this have to do with slowing down? Well most of us, myself included, do not chew our food nearly enough. We talk while eating, rush through meals, and eat on the go. So what? Chewing food thoroughly is one SUPER EASY yet important change you can make to loose weight, settle stomach issues, and feel GREAT overall. Here's why:
- Chew more, eat less - When you chew your food slowly and thoroughly you end up eating less. Your body's natural hunger cues have more time to kick in and signal you to stop eating when you are actually full (versus 30 minutes later, as is what normally happens if you rush through a meal).
- Digestion begins in your mouth - We have teeth for a reason people! The mouth is food's first stop in the digestive process - the teeth are there to breakdown food to a point where it can be easily processed by the rest of the system. Also, the saliva in your mouth contains digestive enzymes which further aid in digestion. If you don't chew your food, that's more work on the belly, which can result in bloating, cramping, etc.
- Enjoy every bite - Thoroughly chewing each bite of food causes you to slow down and reflect on what you are eating. You will be more likely to only eat things you LOVE and that make you FEEL GREAT.
Ready to CHEW with me? Here are two tips for slowing down with ease:
1. Chew until your food is liquid - Don't think too much about it, just chew every bite until it becomes liquid. Having a juice, smoothie, or blended soup? Chew it too! It may feel weird, but you want the food to stay in your mouth for some time so that the digestive enzymes in your saliva can get to work!
2. Put your fork down in between bites - Resist the urge to put more food in your mouth until the current bite is done. Focus on each bite until you have chewed it completely, and then pick up your fork for your next bite.
I'm excited to take on this challenge and I hope you all will join me! Are you in?? Let me know in the comments below!
PS. Interested in learning more? Check out JustChewIt.net for more information!
PPS. Check back later this week - I'll be sharing a video where I show you how long it REALLY takes to eat in this way.
PPPS. Just a few more hours to sign up for my first cooking class. You don't want to miss this!! Sign up here.