Every now and again when I eat it strikes me “Ah I forgot to chew properly again, why is it so hard for me to do that?” I have even written about it in one of my blog posts.. It is probably about changing my eating patterns. And I´m also a hungry person, you know that kind of person that easily get hungry and want food at the spot, getting all sensitive about it if I don´t have my food. And that makes me want to eat my food as fast as possible, which is a problem. And I also love my own cooking and can´t wait to throw it into my mouth. ☺
How can I start chewing my food more properly? And what is it doing to my digestion not eating in a mindful way? Is it possible to change a eating pattern?
This is the first part out of two blog posts about chewing and eating mindfully. Next post will come soon.
How to change patterns
According to the yogic tradition it takes 40 days for your body and mind to catch a new routine. To get used to the new routine and break the resistance for the new pattern you´re incorporating into your life. You should also do it every day without any breaks. Do it consistently everyday and every meal.
So make a mark in your calender and start chewing your food properly from today. Continue for 40 days. If you forget one meal, don´t be too hard on yourself, just continue your challenge.
When you start chewing with awareness, you´ll notice that the flavors will appear more and it can also be a kind of meditative state when you have your meals. Nice right?
How are your chewing habits? Are you chewing your food? Do you eat mindfully? Do you want to make it your challenge? Start today!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”