Eating food is the most essential activity for every living being on this planet. The food we eat nourishes and fuels our body for day to day activities. With the advent of technology and various types of multiple machines for every task, we have stopped manual working. Instead, we just have to press the button, to perform our daily tasks. So as we are working less so we need less fuel for our body, and we should be eating less. But that is not the case, instead, we have become more habitual eaters. Due to the plentiful production of food, we have a massive variety of food options to choose from and eat much more than our forefathers used to do.
All of us nowadays are imbibed to use spoon and fork for eating. It comes under the tidy and clean eating. Eating with hands may not be that tidy but it is for sure healthy.
India and African countries are still following their traditional eating methods. Indian staple food like roti and rice are mixed with vegetable curry and perfectly led to the mouth with the help of the forefinger. Africans have their staple called injera, a flatbread, which is eaten with sauce.
According to Ayurveda, eating with hands creates awareness in your body. When you touch the food with your fingers, you instantly develop a connection with your food and eat it mindfully.
Here are the top benefits of eating with hands:
1. Mindful eating
While you sit to eat, all the attention should be on the bite going inside your body travelling from mouth to stomach. The food that you eat is becoming your body, so it should be done in joyful mood and mindfulness.
So using the fingers to touch the food increases your connection with food. When you touch the food with your hand, your sense organs automatically focuses on the food only. And when you focus only upon what is going inside your body then you are fully aware of your body and it’s food requirements.
2. Small portions and increased satisfaction
When you eat with your hands and are fully aware of the way food is travelling inside the body from food pipe to stomach, it gives a different level of satisfaction and just a small portion would well serve your hunger.
3. Healthy digestion
Now when you are mindfully taking every bite by chewing it properly, then much of the work of the stomach is completed in the mouth itself. The digestive juices and enzymes would be released in adequate amounts for the proper digestion. Your food would be digested in just a few minutes and you would be energetic throughout the day.
4. Reduces diseases
When the food is aptly nourishing your body and digestive system is healthy, then the relative diseases would reduce. You would feel energetic due to the proper digestion of food in just a few minutes. The body doesn’t have to spend its energy on the unnecessary long process of digestion of complex food that you have taken. It only creates lethargy in the body.
So, it is all connected and impacts each other directly. Now you have seen that just the minor practice of eating with hands affects the whole digestive process of the body.