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What Is The Best Way To Eat? When Should I Eat Fast?

Even with this simple, simple question it seems that so many of us have very different ideas about what’s the best or quickest way to consume food.

Most of us understand the importance of choosing food that will taste good. Our taste buds have gotten pretty developed over millions of years of evolution. However, what many of us overlook is that our body also needs to take the nutrients from a food before it is processed. The body can’t function properly if it’s starved of key nutrients. A balanced diet is key for good health.

To help explain it, let’s review a few of the best ways to consume foods.

1) Eat foods right from the start: Most people (especially the younger members of our society) can’t distinguish the good or bad flavors of food as well as us older folks. For them, it’s the taste of food that defines it’s good or bad (see below). This is a problem when we are trying to decide what we should and shouldn’t have. 

It is hard enough deciding what to have for lunch if we’ve never had a meal.

2) Eat foods that are cold: There is something about eating food that seems frozen in its purest form that really makes us feel full and satisfied.

3) Eat foods that are fresh: This is my favorite and easiest approach. Fresh foods don’t have to sit in a cool kitchen for hours, so we can eat them when we’re hungry and enjoy eating. A few things to remember:

·      Fresh foods that are in their first stage of processing need time to work their magic (like overnight in the refrigerator). When you make this mistake it is usually due to the wrong amount or mix of ingredients. For example, adding water to a chicken breast doesn’t immediately get it cooked and ready to eat. Fresh foods that are completely raw need very little time to cook for us. So be sure your ingredients are precisely correct when you start boiling them.

·      You really don’t have to make a big fuss with cooking time. You only need to know a little bit about what to do and how long it takes to get the results you want. When you’re cooking up your meals it’s okay to skip some of the steps and do it quickly. After all, all we are doing is allowing our body to absorb the nutrients in the food. It’s not like a chef is doing the cooking .

4) Eat foods cooked over very high heat: Cooking food over high heat (like grills, electric grills, steaming pans, and even electric frying pans) takes a lot of time in our ovens and stove tops. Cooking food over a high heat takes more than just a little time (about 15-20 minutes) to bring it to our mouths. This is why we eat our meals cooked over the lowest common temperature possible: just enough heat to bring a few of the first two steps over to us.

5) Eat foods that have been made with an acid

When we eat foods that have been made with certain types of acids we get more nutrition and health from those foods than normal foods. For example, peaches, nectarines, pears, celery, avocados, as well as curry apples, pork neck, parsley, saffron, marshmallow, basil, all have been made with acids that naturally give us much more nutrition and health from those foods.