Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pre-Chewed Food

I recently wrote about Dr. David Kessler's book The End of Overeating and how it opened my eyes even more to the perversion of our food sources and the deliberate re-wiring of our brains so that we want to eat more and more of the 'food' the food industry has produced.

One of the food-items Kessler mentioned was a "Southwestern Roll" from Chili's.  It's basically a wanton filled with processed foods and deep fried.  One of the industry experts admitted the food had been processed it in such a way that it was very easy to chew and swallow  - quickly.  It was, for all intents and purposes, pre-chewed.

Most weight lost experts advocate eating slowly and chewing your food thoroughly.  What the food industry has done to our food makes it almost impossible to do practice that skill if your diet is comprised primarily of processed foods.

However, if you choose to take the time to buy real food and prepare it yourself, then you'll be fairly certain to need to chew your own food.  It will taste better and it will be more satisfying.  And you'll be able to slow down and savor each bite.

That's the primary change I've made in my eating habits over the past few weeks - I've slowed down.  I try to remember to put my fork down between bites.  I chew slowly and thoroughly.  I concentrate on the bite in my mouth, instead of preparing for the next bite.  The result - I'm more satisfied with my meals and I've lost almost 2 lbs.

The lesson - chew your own food!   


  1. Thank you for the lesson--I need to be more consistent with practicing this very important skill!

  2. I just recently found your blog. I've been successful keeping off over 100 pounds for the past 6 years though I'd still like to lose another 20-30.
    I would love it if you posted more often. ;-)

  3. Hi, Donna and Pod. Thanks for leaving comments.

    POD - congratulations on your amazing achievement! And thank you for the request for more blog entries. I can't make any promises there - but when I do feel I have something to say that other people will find helpful, I will make an effort to get it posted here. I tend to most of my writing on MyFoodDiary.com.


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