An update on my personal challenge to eat less.
I have discovered that the key to eating less, is chewing more. This month I have been making a strong effort to eat less. I have been setting out my food before hand and not taking any seconds. It has been a good experience so far. I have been also working on taking my time and chewing more.
The more I chew, the more I get from my food, and the less volume my body seems to require.
This is a very happy discovery for me, because it has almost completely eliminated my indigestion. My stomach feels much clearer now. I feel happier and my mind feels clearer.
A few days ago, I watched a video by Diane Burnett (see below for the video) where she shared a story of 2 prisoners who at the end of war were less emaciated than their fellow prisoners. They had all been given a meager ration of bread each day.
The main question was, where did they get more food? The answer was that they didn't have a secret source for more food. They just knew how to extract more nutrients from what they were given. They worked on chewing that one piece of bread for at least 2 hours!
Diane shared that years ago she had told that same story to another audience. After her talk, some people from Japan came up to her and shared a similar experience of some relatives of theirs who had been prisoners in China. In the prison, they had been given only one small ball of rice for each meal. They chewed and chewed each tiny grain of rice thoroughly, and at the end of 1/2 hour still had half of their ration of rice ball left which they then shared with others who were hungry. Result? They fared better than the rest.
Those stories are encouraging to me, because trying to eat the volume of food required to meet the RDA recommendations for my height and weight is asking for chronic indigestion; my stomach doesn't like a large quantity of food. I suspect that too much food in my small stomach is what started my digestive disturbances in the first place. I feel much better on less. Way better!
The question I had been trying to resolve with eating less has been, how can I get all the nutrients my body needs without having to rely on expensive supplements?
Now I have my answer. I thank God for that well timed answer. Not to make the experience truly my own. I will keep you posted.
Until next time, here is the Diane Burnett's video I mentioned. Enjoy!
Have you ever tried eating less? How did it go? Please leave your comments below!
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