2. Competitor - If you find yourself eating in a rushed state to compete against the clock, you may not be chewing your food completely for optimal digestion to occur. You may also find yourself taking another bite of your food before you’ve completely swallowed your previous bite. This may lead to larger-than-ideal pieces of food to pass through your digestive tract, which you may see in your stool. The main problem with this is food must be broken down sufficiently so the intestinal tract can absorb the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the food we eat. It is possible that eating too quickly and failing to chew food thoroughly could impact micronutrient absorption, which can influence digestive symptoms.
3. Zoner - Perhaps you understand the importance of sitting down to eat and try to avoid multitasking while eating, but what do you think about while you are eating? Do you focus on the food and if the taste is satisfying to you? Or, do you find yourself zoning out of the present and thinking about other things? Because there is such as strong mind-gut connection, what we think about during mealtime heavily influences how well we digest the food. This rings true, especially for those who suffer from acid reflux and IBS. How can the body accept food and start the digestive process if a person’s thoughts are in a distracted state?
I must admit that I am guilty of eating styles #2 and #3. Many times, I find my mind wandering if I am eating by myself (which happens to be almost every meal of the day except for dinner). I also tend to take another bite of food before I’ve completely finished my previous bite of food. What eating style(s) do you often engage in?
If you have been focusing on eating certain foods to improve your IBS or acid reflux symptoms but have not achieved consistent symptoms success, remember:
You aren’t just what you eat, but how you eat. The best digestion starts before and continues during mealtime.