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Chew it to a liquid



So much can be said in the area of nutrition. Simple to complex descriptions of foods, food components, supplements, herbs, special diets, fasting, schedules, portions etc.


And yet it is amazing to consider that the simple notion of chewing one’s food thoroughly and completely- to a point as close to liquid as possible, may be the single most important practice. In fact, I would say that if you are thinking about making changes and improvements to your nourishment habits, consider making this your first change.


Digestion is one of the most energy demanding body processes and if you eat quickly without thorough mastication the energy demand increases, sometimes dramatically. This leads to feeling foggy and even sleepy afterwards.


Chewing food as close to a liquid as possible maximizes digestive efficiency. It also reduces the chance you’ll eat too much because you’re giving your body a chance to “catch up” and let you know when you’ve had enough. You are more likely to remain comfortable and awake which will make your relationship to the moment in time easier.


When looking through this website you’ll get the sense that many practices involve “working the moment” or “working in the moment”. This is true,  but it’s the kind of work that is greatly assisted and enhanced by basic body vitality, the energy and clarity you feel in your nervous system when your “head” feels clear. If you want this clarity, make sure you don’t overburden your stomach or you’ll feel foggy and uncomfortable. Then, this moment will still be this moment but you will not be at your best and this will make relating to this moment more difficult.


So, chew your food as thoroughly as possible. A simple practice with a lot of impact. A really valuable habit. An invaluable skill.

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