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Choice Morsels To Chew On April 25, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Less IS More, Mindfulness.

#1 Want to lose weight?  Chew MORE, Weigh LESS . . .

“Some preliminary research has found that chewing until “no lumps remain” increases the number of calories the body burns during digestion: about 10 extra calories for a 300-calorie meal. (Eating fast, on the other hand, barely burns any calories.) Chewing food more thoroughly also increases blood flow to the stomach and gut. By taking a little extra time for chewing, someone could theoretically burn about 2,000 extra calories each month, the study authors write.”

“Extra chewing also slows the pace of eating, which may be another reason why it’s so healthy. Meena Shah, a professor of nutrition at Texas Christian University, has looked into the effects of eating speed on meal size. She found that people who eat slowly tend to eat less. Slow eating may help people eat more mindfully and tune into their own feelings of fullness, she says.”

To read more:   Chew Your Food: Why Slow Eaters May Burn More Calories

#2 Want to temper your spending?

“Make it your goal to spend only on what you truly value, be it travel, special times with family, a hobby or entertainment.  And cut out the frivolous spending on what you don’t value.

“You’ll be amazed at how many things you can happily live without because you’re getting what you really want,” says personal finance expert Donna Freedman.”

“Frugality isn’t a punishment; it’s a positive commonsense approach to life.  So focus on value and quality [to you], not prestige or appearances [with others].”

To read more:  AARP Magazine, February/March 2017

#3 Want to take up yoga?

Choices abound!

“In Higher Self yoga, a monthly “ganja yoga” class that Goda owner Nathania Stambouli introduced in the fall: “We’re bringing together two great spiritual practices. Marijuana is a way of enhancing the experience.”

“Ah, yes, enhancing the experience. Of late, there’s been a fair amount of yoga-enhancing going on. It’s yoga with something extra on the side.

“Would you like beer with your yoga? There’s a class for that.

“Yoga in the buff? Manhattan’s Bold and Naked Yoga is precisely what it says it is.

“For yogis who prefer to bundle in down, there’s snowga — yoga with snowshoes.”

To read more:  Weed yoga, naked yoga, yoga with goats: Have we reached peak namaste?

#4 Having a tough time choosing between too many options?

“As a last resort, flip a coin.  “I don’t just look for heads or tails, says Berger.  “I think about how I feel about the toss.  If I’m sad that the coin landed on heads, I’ll go with the tails option.” ~ AARP Magazine, February/March 2017

That’s what BFF & I do ~>  Being mindful about how we feel about the final reveal of the coin toss clues us in to what we really want.

#5 Want to learn how to drive?  Fast?

“An 8-year-old East Palestine boy used YouTube videos to learn how to drive his father’s van to McDonald’s on Sunday.  When he pulled up to the drive-through window after ordering a cheeseburger he had been craving and intended to pay for using money he gathered from his piggy bank, the McDonald’s workers at first thought they were being pranked.

“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” Koehler said.”

To read more:  Young driver gets help from YouTube

#6 Want to feel better?

Make someone else feel better:

“Make a difference in other people’s lives.  Even small acts of generosity can make you feel rich in spirit.” ~ AARP Magazine, February/March 2017

#7 Want to watch a heart-felt movie?

Check out Collateral Beauty (Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightly, Ed Norton, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, etc.):

Love is in everything . . .
From a child’s laughter to the pain we feel when a loved one dies.
Love is THE why of it all.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Kate Crimmins - April 25, 2017

You are chuck full of happy and mindfulness this morning! My effective way to curb spending is not to buy it immediately. Let it stew in my head. Many times it goes away. If it doesn’t, I either really like it or need it. Of course that doesn’t count for cat food or there would be a mutiny at this house! Good morning Nancy!

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

Morning, Kate! Impulse buys can wreak havoc on budgets ~ pressing the *pause* button between impulse and purchase usually ends up with “better buys.”

Cat food doesn’t count. 😀

2. Jill Weatherholt - April 25, 2017

Yoga in the buff? What? I’d have to have some of that beer first.

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

You won’t find me in that class either!

Jill Weatherholt - April 25, 2017

I bet Kate would, after a few margaritas. 🙂

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

Haha! I bet her favorite is cat pose, not downward dog!

tlryder - April 25, 2017

I don’t think beer would help me. I can barely do yoga with a sports bra and shorts to keep my squishy bits out of the way! 😀

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

Yes . . . squishy bits can be distracting!

Eileen - May 5, 2017

It would take more than beer!

nrhatch - May 5, 2017

Same here!

3. Ally Bean - April 25, 2017

I read that coin toss decision idea, too. Makes perfect sense to me. Now as for naked yoga, that’s crazy. I don’t have to flip a coin to figure that one out. 😉

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

Same here, Ally. I’m not interested in letting it “all hang out” while I “go with the flow.” The weed class wouldn’t work for me either. I would just lie in dead man’s pose and groove to the tunes. 😀

4. Rainee - April 25, 2017

I am trying to slow my eating. I tell myself ” When eating breakfast, just eat breakfast!”.

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

I am better about focusing on the tastes and textures of what I’m eating ~ as a result, I tend to eat less and enjoy it more.

5. http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com - April 25, 2017

Excellent advice here today. The old adage about chewing slowly, slowly, slowly still stands. I need this reminder. Thank you.

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

It’s a good practice . . . whenever we start!

6. anotherday2paradise - April 25, 2017

I was taught to always chew my food properly. My MiL always eats slowly. Maybe that’s why she’s lived to such a great age without any ailments. 104 in August!

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

I’m sure it didn’t hurt ~ plus it helps keep our weight in check (definitely a good thing as we get older).

7. Behind the Story - April 25, 2017

I’ve always been a slow eater. If you chew every bite well, you get tired of eating after a while, or at least satisfied. Slow eaters don’t have time to eat too much.

I love the coin toss idea. It makes a lot of sense.

Thanks for the movie idea. There are too many sad and violent movies out there. “Collateral Beauty” looks like an excellent change of pace.

nrhatch - April 25, 2017

Thanks, Nicki. We enjoyed Collateral Beauty enough to watch it twice . . . to catch some of the nuances we missed.

8. Val Boyko - April 25, 2017

I’m more of a slow yogi… but I have been known to eat without clothes on!
Thank you for boggling the mind today Nancy ❣

nrhatch - April 26, 2017

I am more of a “Get Dressed then Eat” gal, Val!

9. Debra - April 28, 2017

Lots to think about here, Nancy! Good stuff! My yoga class is apparently underwhelming! 😀 And I’m so glad you reminded me about Collateral Beauty. I wanted to see it and then lost track. These were tasty morsels so thank you!

nrhatch - April 28, 2017

Any yoga class I’ve been in paled in comparison with some of these offerings. I hope you enjoy Collateral Beauty. I enjoyed it WAY more than I expected.

Debra - April 28, 2017

The movie was out about the time my dad died and I thought it would just be too much. But I’m ready now! 😀

nrhatch - April 28, 2017

Smart thinking.

Two weeks ago, we agreed to cat sit for a neighbor’s cat in our house for 4 weeks. They brought the cat came to inspect our place. Everything seemed OK until . . .

I LOST IT that night & couldn’t stop crying.

Just “too soon” after losing Tigger to have another cat eating, sleeping, playing, and wandering in HIS domain. We resigned from the pet sitting gig the next morning.

Maybe next year . . .

10. Debra - April 28, 2017

My yoga class is apparently really dull!! 😀 But thank you for such tasty morsels, Nancy! Delightful!

nrhatch - April 28, 2017

My pleasure, Debra. Happy Friday!

11. Tiny - April 28, 2017

Lots to chew on here, Nancy! The boy driving to get his cheeseburger…oh my. I think parents need to guard their car keys a bit better 🙂

nrhatch - April 28, 2017

Yes! I’m sure this was a rude awakening for them.

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