Chew, Chew, Chew

Kevin Hinton

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Here’s one of the best Healthtips ever – and it comes from memories of my dad.

My dad loves his food - he is a great cook and a meticulous eater.

Mealtimes were family times.

We children didn’t dare miss them - ‘because we’d end getting the meal after it had been placed in the oven – and dried out – ughh, I can remember the hard peas and cold gravy even now.

  • It was elbows off the table.

  • Knife in the right hand and fork in the left.

  • Don’t turn the fork over and use it like a spoon.

  • Don’t talk with your mouth full and

  • Put your cutlery down after filling your mouth.


  • Chew each morsel of food 30-40 times.

    Dad would tell us about Horace Fletcher – an old-time health teacher who taught the law of “Mastication” – chew, chew, and chew.

    To-day, after having read Fletcher’s book and studied anatomy/physiology and chemistry I teach this standard dietary habit - Chew, Chew and Chew.

    Put your cutlery, sandwich, piece of fruit, etc down after each bite and chew your food until it’s a liquid.

    In this manner, the food will be completely emulsified (read as: mixed with the digestive juices in the mouth) and be ready for the next stage of digestion in the stomach.

    The stomach doesn’t have teeth.

  • It’s a bag that churns.

  • The juices in the stomach are mild – not like a carnivorous animal.

    The process of chewing involves the use of one of the strongest parts of our anatomy - the jaw The jaw has tremendously strong muscles to make it work efficiently. (Think of the biblical jawbone of an ass)

    If we give these structures (jaw and muscles) a good work-out they will literally get tired.

    When any part of the body gets tired it will want rest - (Read as: want to stop eating)

    When we stop eating at this point we will feel as though we have completed our meal to satisfaction and will tend not to over-eat.

    Combine this with the exercise of pushing away from the table and you have a great program for:

  • Losing weight and

  • Creating a smooth-operating digestive system.

    So! – remember the dietary two-step and Chew, Chew, Chew.

    All the best in all we do.


    Kevin Hinton has been teaching the art of Natural Living and Natural Healing for over 25 years. He is recognized as one of Australia's leading health educators. For more information on how to improve your health - go to: and while there, sign up for your free world class health newsletter.

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