If you’ve ever wondered how to eat right, please read this wonderful tip from one of the biggest Jewish philosopher and rabbinic scholar , the Maimonides.
When you sit down to dine at the table, first , wash your hands and then bless the food. These two actions may take a minute or a minute and a half, long enough for the saliva in your mouth to accumulate and be ready to absorb the food the eye has seen in the dish. Here is the gift, and what is the gift in waiting? Digestive enzymes that exist in saliva mix well with each chew. The tongue nourishes the food and creates the initial clarification on the food ingredients and immediately transfers the information to the brain which transfers the information to the digestive system that prepares the digestive infrastructure. The teeth grind and create an initial clarification, so the food that goes down through the esophagus into the stomach is processed first, so that digestion in the stomach is easier – an essential for the entire digestive system.
According to Maimonides wisdom and medicine, every bite should reach 30 chews, to achieve good and calm digestion of the entire system. If a person starts with 15 chews, this is also helpful, because in most cases the person suffices with three or four chews and immediately swallows, which is quite a voracity. In this situation, the food that reaches the stomach is raw and there is not enough digestive enzymes. The liver, gallbladder and pancreas “work” hard to process and digest the food.
On the physiological level, from the beginning of the meal, it takes about 20 minutes for the liver to come through the brain to provide satiety, so that if a person eats and chews every bite, the amount of food he eats will be more accurate and well-processed. In the opposite case, the same command will arrive even after these 20 minutes, but in this situation the amount of food is much greater, unprocessed and burdensome to the system.
In addition, the stomach and liver send a message to the brain: “Quench all systems, very large cargo has arrived”, so that at the end of the meal, the person will feel tired and fall asleep or need rest, while if eaten and chewed well, after the meal will feel joy and vigor, which is the purpose of eating to have the strength and energy and joy to lead our lives with the energy that is obtained through food.
Nowadays the tendency or fashion is to eat every two or three hours, and this tendency does not go along with digestive physiology. The hard-working internal organs must end the digestive process from the dose received, and should rest as well. It takes six to eight hours between meals to reach a healthy feeling of hunger, until the liver signals to the brain which transmitting through the stomach that the “work” has finished and is ready to receive a new delivery of food.
According to Maimonides, two meals a day are recommended. Maimonides says: “Eat in the morning as king, at noon as prince and in the evening as poor”, and that is the order. In the morning a fruit meal, or salad and egg with tahini, at noon a serving of protein such as unfried chicken or fish in the oven with steamed or sautéed vegetables, and in the evening omelet with salad or alternatively vegetable soup or vegetable pie. Try not to eat at night. The healthy range is four hours before going to sleep, so we won’t be full or hungry, and we will get some rest and have a light, healthy body.
The body is tough with us, it won’t give up, it wants to live, stay strong, resilient, young and fresh, so it will always signal through illness, pain, grabbed organs, knee and back pain, bad breath, lack of concentration, confusion, heaviness and depression. In order to be good with ourselves, we will maintain daily exercise, especially if our lifestyle and work require a long sitting. We will be strict of simple, natural and fresh food, on space between meals and of course we will be carful of corruption meals, let’s eat right.
( 1135–1204 ) , Jewish philosopher and rabbinic scholar, born in Spain; born Moses ben Maimon . His Guide for the Perplexed (1190) attempts to reconcile Talmudic scripture with the philosophy of Aristotle.