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Get Your Chew On

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to discuss the most basic action we take when eating – chewing! Did you know that proper chewing can help with weight loss? It is something we do at every meal, so let’s pay a bit more attention to this action! Let me explain…

Chewing, as opposed to drinking and swallowing, forces us to slow down our pace of eating. The more thoroughly we chew, the slower we eat. This gives our stomach more time to signal our brains that we are full. Remember that it takes a full 15 minutes for our stomachs to send these satiation signals. When we eat too quickly, we overeat and end up feeling too full because we don’t give ourselves the time to listen to our bodies’ cues. However, when we take the time to chew slowly and properly, we allow our bodies to digest properly.

The act of chewing itself also stimulates our digestive system to start working – even before we swallow. Just simply chewing our first bite of food readies our digestive systems to start working. When we drink sweet juices or thick smoothies, we’re skipping this essential step and our digestive systems have to catch up!

If you’re looking for an easy way to cut calories this holiday season (and beyond) start with chewing! You’ll eat a little less, enjoy your food a little more, and might end up weighing a bit less!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!