Most of us have our food while texting on mobile phones or watching television and don’t really keep a count on how much we eat. Though the stomach might be full, the brain tells that to eat more and eventually end up over-eating. If we focus only on food then we will eat only as much as our body requires.
It is not fun to talk about it, but we have all experienced it before enjoying a nice meal only to regret it later when our stomachs hurt due to indigestion. Some of the symptoms of indigestion include bloating, belching, gas, burning or pain in the stomach or abdomen, and even nausea. We should eat the easiest to digest foods first in each meal and slowly move towards the more complex.
Think of a highway, if the slowest cars are in front they will hold up the faster cars behind them, causing a traffic jam. The same is applicable for food and digestive system also. Eat those fastest to digest first and save the tougher to digest foods for the second half of the meal.
Excessive intake of food greatly burdens the entire digestive system. While knowing what to eat and how much to eat is important and it always helps to boost the process of digestion.
A good food habit is important not only for good health but also for maximum physical and mental wellbeing.
Aiyan Thiruvalluvar says:
அற்றால் அறவறிந்து உண்க அஃதுடம்பு
பெற்றான் நெடிதுய்க்கும் ஆறு. (943)
Explanation by Scholars:
If (one’s food has been) digested let one eat with moderation, (for) that is the way to prolong the life of an embodied soul.
உண்ட உணவு செரித்ததையும், உண்ணும் உணவின் அளவையும் அறிந்து உண்பது நீண்ட நாள் வாழ்வதற்கு வழியாகும்.