What I know now is that my mom was trying to curb her nasty acid reflux. I was blessed to be on the receiving end of it when I was a lot younger. So here I am, practicing chewing so I can clock in at a slower pace than her. For me, eating is incredibly hard to slow down. I get blinded by hunger and dive in too deep only to come out with a bursting stomach and heavy regret.
I think a lot about why it's so challenging for me to take the steps to control my eating habits. I have to of course acknowledge that I'm eating, and what exactly I'm about to put in my body, if I have any idea...(there are a lot of strange food labels out there guys...) This all sounds dreamy, but when habits are hard to shake, what do you do to break the cycle?
I've always been fascinated by people who diet or pay close attention to what they eat especially. Where does the strength come from to will yourself to not eat that chocolate chip cookie and go to the gym instead? How does one convince themselves that a glass of water is a better decision than a beer. That is sheer will power that I do not possess quite yet, but I sure do respect.
I listened to a podcast on the drive home from work this week called The Splendid Table, with Lynn Rosetta Casper. There was one segment of an interview with Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, discussing the value and importance of knowing where everything comes from that's on your dinner table. There was a strong emphasis on growing your own produce and making things from scratch. There are plenty of us that are totally okay with living a life with those questions unanswered, but as I'm getting older, I'm becoming more aware of where I'm buying my food, or what is in what I buy.
This is not meant to be a lecture on how we should all go to farmer's markets. We should, but that's beside the point. The point is is that what we put in our bodies affects us. As someone who is directly affected by that, (my good old pal; gastritis), I'm becoming more and more aware of how my body is affected by a wide range of foods; good and bad. Whatever you put in is what you're going to get out. There's so much more to food than eating.
For those of us who've read Michael Pollen's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma (thank you Denise Harrison - my favorite English prof in college), this quote comes to mind; "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
So chew slowly, embrace the flavors, and find confidence in knowing where your food came from.