The Importance of Chewing, and a (new) KetoMax Coconut Cream Shake

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Today’s post is about a subject that hits a bit close to home for me.  As a young child I was a very very slow eater - I have memories of being the last one at the table, an old style alarm clock in front of me, my cheeks stuffed full of food and not being the least bit hungry.  My poor Mother, terrified that I would die of malnutrition if I didn’t finish everything on my plate would be beside herself at times cajoling, pleading and occasionally losing her temper as the minutes ticked by and my plate remained unchanged.  

I can’t tell you if I was over served in the first place but I can tell you that I was a very slow eater which was at the root of the issue.  It turns out that staying there would have served me much better than what ended up happening in my teens when I learned the “skill” of inhaling my food.  There was no chewing, no tasting, just eat as fast as possible.  Not so good.  It took a long time for me to understand that, drama aside, it would be a good idea for me to revert to my old ways as my digestion was not the best and I often would find myself overfull and in some kind of a food coma after meals.  I was lucky to be active enough and to have a reasonably healthy diet or I could have ended up with much bigger issues.  

So, let’s talk about chewing, and slow eating and the value that these bring to managing portion sizes and, even more importantly, to how well you digest and then are able to absorb the nutrients in your food.   Take a guess when digestion really begins…..before or after you take the first bite?  Turns out that digestion starts when we start to think about the food we are about to eat, when we see it, and smell it….our brain sends signals to our digestive system to get the juices flowing and the engine revving.   You begin to salivate (assuming you are looking forward to your meal of course)…..and for some people this anticipation gets them to a place where they just can’t wait to chomp down on the first bite, and the next bite and the next…you see where this is going yes?  

There are a number of reasons why you want to slow down when you eat, here is a short list of the top 5 reasons why:

  1. Chewing starts the mechanical breakdown of food so that you can absorb and assimilate the nutrients from your meal….us nutritionists have a saying:  You cannot assimilate what you cannot absorb…quite apart from the risk of choking, food that is not broken down enough can’t be properly digested in the stomach - the digestive juices just won’t be able to do their job and, while the stomach churns it cannot chew…
  2. Chewing also mixes your food with saliva which contains enzymes to break down some fat and starch - this along with the mechanical act of chewing makes it easier for your stomach and intestine to do their job
  3. Improperly chewed and broken down food ends up in the intestine where bacteria get to work breaking it down for you - good news bad news - the result is often gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping and other digestive issues.  
  4. Chewing actually keeps your teeth strong, and, the saliva released helps to manage plaque buildup and tooth decay
  5. Chewing your food properly (till it is pretty much pulp) allows you to slow down and savour your meal.  How often did you rush through a meal, distracted by your TV or work only to be surprised to find your plate empty?
  6. When you slow down, there’s time for your stomach to let your brain know that you are full.  A guideline I often share with my clients is, on a scale of 1 - 10 to eat to an 8.   Stop, rest….usually, within 10 minutes or so you realize your are full.  This can avoid overeating in many cases.

Net, net, there are many good reasons to slow down and chew your food properly - better nutrition, better digestion and better portion control….I can tell you from personal experience that slowing down definitely can cut down on how much you want to eat.

KETO//OS Q & A

For the next couple of weeks I will be travelling abroad so my posts will get a bit shorter.  I thought that one thing that might be useful would be for me to answer some of the more common questions I get asked about using this product.  The number one question I get about Keto//OS is: what should I eat?  Do I need to be on a low carb diet for Keto//OS to work? As is often the case the answer depends on a number of variables but here is a general one that I hope will serve most of you.  

If you are looking to drop some extra weight as many people are with this product you would get the best and fastest results by at the very least cleaning up your diet.  This means eating mostly vegetables (primarily non Starchy), a moderate amount of the best quality protein you can afford, and healthy fats.  Make sure you are drinking a lot of water AND that you are getting some form of exercise in every day.  The short answer - a moderate to lower carb diet is optimal although you may be able to get away with a bit more carb than if you weren’t using Keto//OS.

For people who have a lot of weight to lose just adding the shakes to their routine will help them to start releasing weight - this typically happens faster for men than women (not fair I know) but the closer you get to your target the more important it will be to improve your diet and exercise routine.

In short, you do NOT need to be following a Ketogenic Diet, but if that is your inclination and it works for you then by all means do so.  The extra Ketones will help you stay in ketosis and get maximum benefits.

No matter what you decide, remember that it is important to track your progress - we forget how tired, foggy, sleep deprived we were when we start to feel better.  You may also want to consider tracking your food for at least a week or so to get an idea of what is or isn’t working.  Whenever you find your progress has stalled - go back to tracking your food and see what may have changed.  If you can’t figure it out for yourself, that food diary will be invaluable for someone like me to help you out.

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KetoMax Coconut Cream Shake

I love my KetoMax just the way it is but there are days when I’m looking for something a bit more rich, especially when I may not have eaten quite enough.  

On those days I do this:

  • Fill my shaker bottle with about 14 oz of cold water
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of full fat coconut milk
  • Add a sachet of KetoMax Maui Punch (I use uncharged after 2 pm to avoid bad sleeps)
  • Shake well and enjoy

Cheers!!

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