UHS-Coach Nye with NHLHealthCoach-Roxanne Kiely

Hey I’m the first to admit I sometimes eat like a pig, not proud of it but it happens. I love food just like the next guy but when your training to be hockey player you need to watch what you eat and you need to be careful how you eat.

With Health Coach Roxanne Kiely telling us like it is, we better sit up and take notice!

Until next time,

Coach Nye


The Art of Chewing Our Food – Wait!  Aren’t We Supposed to Inhale It?

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Do you want to be your healthiest on and off the ice?  Do you ever feel like you get on the ice with a “gut bomb” in your belly?  Well, consider for a moment that it’s not just what we put into our mouths but how we eat what we put into our mouths.  Did you know that digestion begins in the mouth?  The digestive enzymes in our saliva and our teeth begin the digestive process.  However, with the limited amount of time we are given, in today’s warp-speed existence, we are often rushed when attempting to enjoy food.  We hardly acknowledge that we are actually putting food into our mouths.  All of our hand-held devices, for instance, are a perfect distraction, as is school, work or watching television.  We are practically swallowing our food whole – much like our dogs!  Most folks chew each bite only eight times, so it’s no wonder we have digestive problems.  Hence, the reason for the good ol’ “gut bomb”.


Many I suggest a few splendid reasons to cool our heels, cool our jets and chew our food:


Are you craving sweets?  Well, I’ll have you know, when our saliva breaks down food it is turned into simple sugars, which gives us the much needed sweet taste in our mouths.  By allowing ourselves the opportunity to chew slowly and experience the sweetness in our mouths, we’ll be less likely to want something sweet and unhealthy post-meal.


We can reduce the distress of digestion by actually chewing our food and it will allow our bodies to absorb fabulous nutrients with each bite.


As athletes, we love endorphins; No?  Chewing produces endorphins, which gives us all of those feel-good feelings.


You’ve heard, time-and-time-again, if we were to slow down and enjoy our food we could possibly avoid unwanted weight gain during the off-season.  When we chew our food slowly we are more likely to feel full, thus we won’t over eat.


We need our blood to circulate!  Chewing promotes increased circulation, enhanced immunity, increased energy and endurance, and BONUS!  Improved skin (no more zits).  Sounds like your opponent won’t know what hit him.


When was the last time you experienced the joy of eating?  When was the last time you stopped to smell the wonderful food before you?  Do you recall what it actually tasted like?  Did you enjoy the crunch and savory flavor?  The cool, smooth texture?  Chewing helps us to give thanks, to show appreciation for the abundance in our lives and to develop patience and self-control.


You are in control.  Try for a moment to slow down and chew each bite 30 chews per bite. Try it and see how you feel.


Eat with teammates, family or friends without I-pods and -pads, I-phones, smart phones, computers and TV.  Instead, enjoy the company and food before of you.  Pay attention as to whether or not you are actually breathing and chewing each and every bite.


It might feel a little uncomfortable at first but, eventually, it’ll become a new, happy, healthy habit.  Imagine!  You will grow to love eating without rushing.  Eating is a necessity – please savor and enjoy it!  Your body will thank you for it . . . particularly your gut.