Correcting Eating Posture
Our bodies perform many tasks each day. For each of those tasks our bodies are required to be in different positions and constantly adjusted for the ease of those tasks. When we eat our meals during the day we unconsciously and continually adjust our eating posture to accommodate the eating process.
We move our head up, down, forward and back in order to get food to our mouths. Our spine tends to bend into the position we find most comfortable. We move our feet several times to stabilize our upper body. Over the years we habitulise this process so we automatically adjust our body into these learned positions where we feel we can eat in comfort. Unfortunately some poor eating body postures may result.
Poor eating posture can result in some significant problems for the eater including gastric problems, sore backs and necks, jaw problems, headaches and even some circulatory issues in the legs.
Waitplate Tips for Perfect Eating Posture:
- Correct seating and positioning of the body while consuming meals is important because it improves both the enjoyment and safety of the meal. This facilitates better digestion and eating awareness. To enable the upper body or trunk to be stable the feet must have a firm footing so they can bear weight as you eat.
- Sit close to a table to prevent you from having to stretch forward to reach your meal. This prevents hunching forward and pressure on the abdomen.
- Align your ear, shoulders and hips while eating and bring your food up to your mouth. This will encourage better control of head, neck and muscles in the tongue, jaw and mouth.
- If you do have to eat in a chair or sofa, use a tray and sit up so your feet are firmly on the ground taking the weight of your trunk. Put cushions behind your back for support if needed. Keep your knees level with your hips and sit as far back as possible. Sitting up straight allows your food to digest uninterrupted.
- Try to stay seated upright for 10 to 20 minutes after the meal to help prevent symptoms of heartburn, indigestion or cramp.
- Avoid tight clothing around your stomach.
- Eat in good lighting. People tend to eat more if the lighting is low. (Think restaurants)
- Avoid talking while chewing.
- Really think about your eating posture at each meal. Sometimes your posture is a reflection of how you feel about yourself at the time of the meal.
- Avoid eating larger meal when you are upset, tired or stressed. Your eating posture may reflect this.
- Lastly be mindful of your eating posture. Maintain a sense of humility and elegance while consuming your food. Become a conscientious eater, grateful that there is food in front of you at all!