Have you ever thought about how you eat?
Back when I was editing TV commercials, I worked on a computer for 9 to 10 hours a day, often times eating lunch at my desk or while standing at the breakfast bar in our office kitchen. The whole meal took about 7 minutes to inhale, but my digestive tract let me know how unhappy it was for the rest of the afternoon. People dine in odd ways or places; standing up, driving a car, watching television, or reading a book. It seems that eating is no longer viewed as an activity in and of itself, worthy of exclusive quality time, but rather just another task that needs to be finished throughout the hectic day.
What many people don’t realize is that while we’re eating, we’re also assimilating energetically what ever else is going on around us. So, while the body is taking in nutrients and vitamins, it’s also absorbing the energy of the environment you’re eating in, be it a beautiful quiet outdoor setting, or an ugly, noisy place with lots of fluorescent lighting. We also absorb the moods, the laughter, the judgments/complaints and the active minds of the people we eat with.
Many Americans suffer from a variety of digestive issues, from acid reflux to irritable bowel syndrome, and more. These conditions are not only connected to what we eat, but how we eat. The nature of our bodies is to rest and digest, so the body likes to be in a relaxed, inactive peaceful environment when assimilating food. The last thing it wants is to be in a tense “fight or flight” mode, which causes the eyes to tighten, the heart to beat faster, and all the blood to go the center of the body. If we want our food to assimilate properly we need to be calmer when we sit down to meals.
Healthy eating means to eat with all of our senses. We need to see our food, smell it, and spend time enjoying it. Whether you’re a single person or part of a family, you can experiment with different ways to eat in a calmer, quieter, more loving way. You could organize your family to have a home cooked meal once a week. Or, you could make your mealtime special by eating off good plates, lighting a candle, even saying a blessing before you eat. Try eating in a different room or better yet, eat outside. Chew your food at least 25 times, too. Be creative and discover what you can do to bring your body into a more relaxed state during your meals. It could make a huge difference in your overall health and your body and mind will thank you in the long run.