Something to chew on

Dinner Diva
Something to chew on

By: Leanne Ely

You take much care to choose healthy foods that will do your body good and you carefully prepare those foods into delicious meals.
Why negate any of that effort by mindlessly stuffing food into your mouth?
One thing many of us are guilty of forgetting is that digestion starts with saliva. We eat so quickly that we don’t give our food the attention it needs in order for proper nutrient absorption.
How many times have you told your children to slow down and chew their food? How many times did your parents say the same to you? Do you follow that advice?
Chewing food slowly and taking time to actually taste and savor each and every bite goes a long way towards enjoying each morsel you put in your mouth.
Another useful side effect of chewing each bite more than once or twice is that it slows down the entire process of eating a meal, giving your belly and your brain the message that you’re full much sooner and preventing you from overeating.
The Science.
When we chew our food properly, large food molecules are broken down into smaller particles, giving our food a larger surface area as it goes through the digestive system. This is essential to good digestion. It’s also easier on your esophagus to swallow smaller pieces of food.
The more time your food and your saliva spend together, the better. Contact with saliva not only makes it easier for foods to go through the esophagus, but that saliva is full of enzymes that play a role in the chemical process of digesting our food. The first stage of fat digestion actually happens in the mouth.
When your food isn’t chewed up well, the fragments of food aren’t small enough to be broken down properly. Nutrients aren’t extracted from food like they should be and that leads to undigested food which encourages bacterial overgrowth in the colon. (Can you say flatulence?)
Now I’m not going to tell you to chew each bite 50 times, but a good rule of thumb is to chew until you can’t tell what kind of food you’re eating anymore, based on texture. For example, if you’re eating an apple, don’t stop chewing until you can’t tell the peel from the flesh of the apple.
I don’t want to bore you with an entire health class lesson, but just trust me when I tell you that your food probably needs to be chewed more. When you slow down and chew your food more, you’ll enjoy your food more and you’ll be that much healthier for it.
Did you miss our Stress is the New Fat webinar? Don’t worry – you can catch the replay (and all of the great goodies we offered) here.

Fundraising Group Highlights the Paleo Package to Promote Their Fundraiser

By Daniel Munns

Last week we introduced the Paleo Package, the newest offering in an ever-growing list of products for sale through Saving Dinner Fundraising. We aim to provide meal-planning products that meet the needs of a variety of groups and fundraiser supporters, and we will continue to roll out new products to help reach this goal!
Many of our groups have used the tactic of promoting a specific fundraising package during their campaign. Whether it is one of our timely seasonal packages (Summer, Holiday), or one of our featured categories (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Weight Loss, etc), groups know what will pique the most interest from their supporters.
We have already started to see this with our newest fundraising product! Team TWA, a group raising funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has decided to center the promotion of their Saving Dinner Fundraiser on the Paleo Package. Many of you may be familiar with the connection between Paleo and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) through the story of Dr. Terry Wahls. Leanne Ely and Dr. Wahls recently hosted a webinar where Dr. Wahls mentioned the Paleo diet was key to her success in her recovery from MS. By the way, Team TWA will kick off their program and their support for MS research with the new fundraising webinar feature!
Want to see a great Paleo recipe? Here is a delicious breakfast recipe from the Paleo Package:
High Protein Scrambled Eggs – Serves 2
(Total prep time: 10 minutes)
6 organic cage-free eggs
½ teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive, grapeseed or coconut oil
3 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled (make sure it’s nitrate free)
¼ pound high quality pork sausage, cooked and crumbled (make sure it’s casein free)
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, salt and pepper until frothy. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add egg mixture and, as it starts to set, add crumbled bacon and sausage; continue to stir until eggs are thoroughly cooked. Serve immediately.
Would you like to learn more about featuring one of our great packages in your fundraising efforts? Contact us HERE to get details!

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