Do You Bless Your Food?
More often than not we eat and fill our stomach without really engaging in the process. We sometimes tend to get so hungry that we just stuff the food into our mouths or grab a quick bite to eat while we are on the go, without thinking about the food at all. Many people eat their meals while watching TV or at their computer or phone, and are not aware of the actual process of eating. We all do this, at times, it is part of the fast pace of today’s living, but have you ever wondered if the food would taste different if you paid more attention to it? Or if you were to be better nourished by your food, if you paid more attention to eating process?
This is a simple summary of the process of digestion. Digestion begins in the mouth. As the food is chewed it is covered by the digestive enzyme, amylase needed to digest carbohydrates. Amylase is in our saliva. These digestive enzymes in the saliva send messages to the stomach which prepares the enzymes it needs, the main one being pepsin(needed for the digestion of protein).
The stomach then sends a signal to the pancreas where enzymes are secreted to breakdown sugars, proteins and fats. From there the food moves to the small intestine where the nutrients are then absorbed and the waste moves through to the large intestine to be excreted.
So, if the food isn’t chewed properly in the mouth, the food isn’t covered sufficiently by amylase for the digestion in the stomach to to be totally completed. This may lead to bloating, wind, heartburn, acid reflux, nausea among other things.
There are actions you can take to eliminate these symptoms. Our experience of the food we are taking in can be enhanced if we engage in some of these things.
1. Blessing your food before a meal brings your attention to the moment for eating and prepares your physiological body to digest the meal by increasing salivation and digestion enzymes needed to process the food when it gets to our stomach.
2. Mindfulness before meals releases hormones and sets your brain to enjoy the food before you.
3. By taking a moment to focus before your meal prepares your physiological body and your emotional body to enjoy the meal and feel fulfilment after the meal.
4. The blessing of the food changes the molecule structure of water, influencing the fluid cells in the food and the way they affect your body and digestion.
5. Blessing your meal makes you more conscious of what you are eating and consuming, awakening your body to all the senses and allowing the maximum enjoyment of flavors and tastes.
So, when was the last time you took a moment to be thankful for your meal? Before your next meal think about the following:-
1. How do you feel? Are your upset, bitter, frustrated?
2. Turn the TV, computer, and phone off and put the newspaper, book, or report somewhere else.
3. Bless the food before you. Have gratitude for its journey to your plate. Let it nurture you.
4. Taste and feel the texture of your food. Chew it and enjoy it.
5. Eat in silence and become connected with Mother Earth.
“Universe, Let the beauty and the energy of nature nourish me and be blessed energy within me”.
How can this happen if we eat when we are frustrated, angry, upset or busy thinking about our work or relationship? I don’t believe that we can. Rather, I do believe that we need to be in a state of gratitude to receive the full benefits of what we put into our mouth. After all our food is ‘information’.