Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to chew your food.
Don’t think I’m going too easy on you for this first Monday Mission of the fall. I realize you chew your food daily, but I’m challenging you to chew it better. Jordan Rubin says in The Maker’s Diet to chew food, especially starchy foods, 25-50 times before swallowing. Last week in person, he recommended 50-100 (phew!).
If you think this is a simple challenge (well, it kind of is – we did just start up again!), just try it. You’ll get as tired of counting as you will chewing, but it’s worth it!
Spit and Poison
Your saliva is the very beginning of your digestive system, and the enzyme amylase gets to work on breaking down your meal immediately as you chew. Extended chewing gives the rest of your digestive system a head start on its job and will result in better vitamin and mineral absorption and a more complete breakdown of complex carbs and proteins.
Rubin gave us two excellent sound bytes to recall while chewing (and counting, and counting,…):
- “You are not what you eat, you are what you digest.”
- “That which you eat and can’t digest, can and will be held against you.” That means it will rot in your body causing toxicity. Isn’t that a pretty image? Chew your food!
I’ve also been reading the enjoyable French Women Don’t Get Fat, where the author also discusses chewing with some of its other benefits, like enjoying what you’re eating, consuming less food because you realize when you’re satisfied, and digesting more completely. She posits thorough chewing as one reason the French, who savor their food, don’t get overweight to the extreme like Americans.
Surprise Your Friends
Jordan Rubin told us that right in the mouth, amylase will begin to break down complex starches into simple sugars. Enzymes DO things; that’s their job. (Remember that for the soaking grains exploration.) If you chew a piece of plain old bread 50-100 times, by the time you swallow, the starchy blandness will have actually turned sweet in your mouth. Pleeeeease, somebody try that for us! I’m dying to test it out (kind of like the garlic on the foot thing) but gave up grains the day after I heard the talk! It would make a great party conversation starter, to be sure. Stand by the bread and get people to try it right then and there. 😉
The Food, Not the Tongue
Many of you wondered how my husband would do with the grain-free, dairy-free diet. Eight days in, we went to Outback Steakhouse to celebrate his new job (yes, a source of stress that is not going unconsidered in this whole situation). While we both sat concentrating on chewing our steaks a bit more than usual, I tried to talk (go figure) and got my tongue on a serious chomp. I’ve never bled so much from my own teeth! Good thing I was near the end of my steak; I think the Lord was telling me in no uncertain terms that I ought not eat something just because I purchased it, if I’m not hungry anymore. (Stopping eating before “full” is another tenet of French Women…) I tell you that story partly because I can still feel the sore spot on my tongue, and I want to complain a little, but mostly because of what my husband said at the end of the meal:
“Well, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.”
He really misses his ice cream and snacky foods, and until Saturday he was mourning the loss of his yogurt, but I have been pleased with his perseverance thus far and was thrilled to hear those words come from his mouth. He had been pretty worried that eating out would be a disaster, but skipping the bread and taking the croutons and cheese off the salad didn’t really interfere with our enjoyment of the meal (steak, baked potato, and steamed veggies). He even chose to keep the baked potato dry instead of using the butter I said wouldn’t be much of a cheat.
And the best news yet? It’s working.
I never thought I’d be so excited about poop, but I was practically jumping up and down today.
The anti-diarrheal prescription medication…did nothing.
The anti-anxiety prescription medication that the doctor wanted to try to rule out anxiety…did little to nothing (other than make him very drowsy and no help at all for a weekend).
Ten days without grains and dairy, taking a daily probiotic, and then reintroducing 24-hour incubated yogurt on day ten…has more or less fixed the problem.
We’re realistic about the fact that it’s only been two days of normal digestion, but I’m more than excited and will share more with you tomorrow. Victory for real food!
Endings and Beginnings
- Ending…and beginning: Food Renegade’s eCourse on Real Food Nutrition & Health has extended registration until Friday, when the class opens. It’s geared toward homeschool students ages 12 & up and any other teens or adults interested in the Weston A. Price nutritional paradigm. Lifelong learners wanted! 🙂 If you’re interested, email me for the inside scoop on a discount code…
- Ending: The GNOWFGLINS Sourdough eCourse members have only a few more days left to claim their September thank you gift, a really neat look at how Erin used her starter while camping. I’m up the first two weeks of October with guest lectures demonstrating my sourdough crackers and honey whole wheat bread. Sign up now and make a payment to get this month’s thank you video!
- Beginning: I’ve opened up my ebook affiliate program to anyone interested in making 33% off sales of Healthy Snacks to Go and the Family Camping Handbook. If you’re a blogger or just someone with lots of like-minded friends, you can find more details HERE. Read about both eBooks here.