My friend Hoover

The other day I was having dinner with a friend that I hadn’t seen in years.

We’ll call him Hoover to protect his privacy. (In a moment you’ll understand why I chose the name.)

Although Hoover and I talk all the time, there are some things that never really seem to come up during our conversations…his weight being one of them.

You see, Hoover loves food.

I’m not saying that he really likes food…I’m saying he absolutely, positively LOVES it.

Now, there is nothing wrong with loving food…as long as it doesn’t get in the way of life, your health and your happiness.

Sadly for him, it does.

When Hoover came to stay with us, it was almost painful to watch him eat.

I have never seen someone shovel food into their mouth so fast. It was literally like watching a Hoover vacuum eat a plate of food.

My wife, daughter and I were stunned. Before we could even make a “visible dent” in the food on our plates, Hoover was FINISHED eating.

I promise that I am not exaggerating here…we are talking inhaling a plate of food in under a minute.

This went on for several days and finally I couldn’t take it anymore.

During the last meal of his stay, Hoover and I went to dinner alone. During the meal I looked at him and said, “I’d like you to try something. I’d like you to try chewing each mouthful of food 10 times before you swallow it.”

Hoover agreed.

He was surprised and also very appreciative that I said something to him. (Fortunately we have the kind of relationship where I can say something like this to him without offending him.)

He said that he knew he ate fast, but he had no idea just HOW fast.

Normally I would have suggested that he chew each mouthful 25 or 30 times, but for someone like him who wasn’t even chewing at all, 10 times was enough to make a huge difference.

Within 2 mouthfuls he looked at me and said, “Wow, I can actually taste the food.” And he wasn’t saying that to be funny, he was actually serious.

The next morning his trip was over and he returned home.

I didn’t expect him to mention anything about the whole “chewing thing” ever again, because I figured that he was only doing it to humor me.

A few days later I was surprised when he called to thank me for giving him such powerful advice. He said that even though it had only been a few days, he was eating much slower, and actually enjoying his food more.

He said he was eating less too, which is helping him with his weight management goals.

Imagine that…all this from something as simple as chewing your food a few more times.

Although you may not devour a plate of food in under a minute like my friend, Hoover, there are things you can do to improve your health.


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