Eating Write



A weekend afternoon saw us amoung a crowd of hungry human beings at the waiting area of a popular restaurant. The irresistible aroma of delicious food wafting in from the restaurant caused my salivary glands to drool and stomach to rumble embarrassingly as my hunger-fatigued mind transported me to my mother’s kitchen, my grandmother’s modest kitchen, and shockingly even my own kitchen.

The husband, who had to distract Sid from ogling at the happy people enjoying their meal on the other side of the glass window, looked dazed as he reminisced on a ‘tasty’ chunk of nostalgia – the ‘pani-puri’ man who skillfully dipped crispy stuffed puffs of ‘puri’ into spiced tamarind water and served a crowd of children with skillful deftness that kept none of his ‘little’ customers waiting but leaving them hungry for more. These street vendors – our childhood stars – got us literally eating out of their bare hands and often made a comeback into our thoughts when hunger pangs caused mental bloating and hallucinations.

After a long wait, we were finally showed into the restaurant and even offered a table with a view.

We are what we eat, says actor, R. Madhavan, in his talk at Radiant Wellness Conclave. Mr. Madhavan, who enrolled himself at an Austrian Wellness Institute that practiced techniques learned and used in India, explains that our stomach is our second brain. Eating healthy is much more than incorporating fruits and vegetables; eating right means ‘drinking’ your food and ‘chewing’ your water. Conditioning the lifestyle that you lead while you eat your food determines what aspect of food is absorbed into your body, as your emotions, success, and your relationships are all dependent on what you eat.

So the next time you indulge in your favorite food and worry about your widening waistline, please remind yourself to chew your food 40 times until your brain short circuits with the exercise and signals you to stop eating or simply make sure that the next time you are at your favorite restaurant, you are given a table with a view – a view of hungry humans ogling at you treating your taste buds to the culinary best.


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  1. When the hunger bells ring, the aroma of delicious food that comes in, oh what a torture it is then to wait for the food 😒 I loved your introduction to the post Pranitha!
    Well, regarding the right method of eating and chewing our ancient systems have laid it down beautifully. But now, unfortunately we always seem to be in a hurry to finish off our meal that we hardly pay attention to what we are eating, forget about how many times to chew. 😉😉
    Enjoy your Sunday P🙂

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    • Absolutely, Radhika! The gadgets around us are a constant distraction and most of time we are not even aware of what is going into our systems, at least that is the case with the kids these days.
      Have a wonderful Sunday, Radhika 🙂

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  2. while it is true it is that ogling at those lucky few on the other side of the glass window embarrasses them, it is also their responsibility to vacate their chairs once they’re through with their orders, as a mark of respectful consideration for those at hunger’s mercy at the other side of the glass pane. in this context, would Madhavan’s technique of chewing water(with all due respects to him) have those lucky to get in and place their orders spending more time at their tables, as those waiting outside, continue to be ravished by hunger and leave them at the mercy of those terrible hormones hunger produces!?

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  3. Hahaha! Amazing post, friend😄
    The part where Sid was being distracted from ogling at other’s food made me burst out laughing. You’re an amazing storyteller!
    You know what though, by the time I reach 32 while chewing, I have no food in my mouth, infact I’ve been asking myself to “chew and chew” but I may just be on 8 and I already lose food from my mouth 😂😂😂😂
    Enjoyed this immensely!

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  4. Hi pranitha,
    It’s always a pleasure to read your posts.
    When the hunger bells ring, it’s but natural for kids to ogle, actually even we adults start peering and glancing with out our knowledge.. Isn’t it? chewing the food, I have also faced similar problems, by the time I come to 25 bites, I have no more food to chew 😁
    Hope your mom is doing fine now.
    Take care.

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  5. Hi Pranitha
    Oh that wait! Truly a torture…
    I love the way you’ve described the pani puri and as I read, it evoked not just nostalgic memories but a minor hunger action in the brain & tummy as well 😉
    I agree with you and the words of moms and grandmas ring yet again…”Chew your food”, “Don’t watch tv whilst eating”. Satiation can be better achieved this way and I think food deserves that! 🙂
    Lovely, lovely article:-)

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    • Thank you and thank you so very much Divya! It gives me immense happiness to know that my write up is worth a read and feedback. Oh so true, we have heard it all our childhood and still get to hear it, but the whole point of chewing your food and its effect on our health after seeing this video got me rethinking my eating ways!
      Glad my write up brought back tasty memories from the past.

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