In a world where noise pollution is a common concern, it is intriguing to ponder over the smaller, often overlooked noises that permeate our daily life.
One of these is the sound of chewing. Be it at a fancy dinner, a work meeting, or just a family gathering, noisy chewers can quickly become the unintentional star of the show, overshadowing the discussion and making an awkward impression. In such situations, mastering the art of chewing quietly can be invaluable
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of noiseless mastication, providing you with detailed insights and practical tips on how to chew quietly.
This isn’t about shaming people who chew loudly—it’s about fostering mindfulness during meal times, promoting healthy eating habits, and enhancing your overall dining experience. Ready to embark on this fascinating journey towards the land of unobtrusive mastication? Let’s get started.
A-List of Ways on How to Chew Quietly
Before getting started, I’d like to mention that quiet chewing highly depends on your self-control. If you’re inherently a loud chewer, you can change this behavior.
The key to chewing quietly is all about self-awareness. For instance, if you’re dinning with your entire family, it may not be wise to pull out the crunchiest snack.
Likewise, if you in the middle of your math test, pulling out the crunchiest carrot will only attract unwanted attention.
If you’re traveling, you may want to bring food that’s less like yogurt or applesauce. A great time to chew loudly is when you’re alone or probably during lunchtime when chewing loudly is more acceptable.
1. Be Mindful of Your Eating Environment
Creating a conducive environment for quiet chewing is crucial. When dining in public or with others, consider the following:
- Choose a Quiet Spot: Opt for a quieter area in a restaurant or dining room where background noise is minimal. Avoid crowded and noisy spaces that can make chewing sounds more noticeable.
- Background Music: Soft, soothing music can help mask chewing noises. If dining at home, consider playing ambient background music to create a relaxed atmosphere.
- Strategic Seating: Sit away from people who are easily distracted by eating sounds. Positioning yourself wisely can minimize the impact of your chewing noises on others
2. Eat Slowly
To avoid that awkward stare everyone else gives you when busy enjoying your crunchy food, I would highly advise you to eat slowly.
Ask around a few of your friends how they would describe someone who chews loudly. Most of them would tell you such a person stuff their mouth, taking a bite every other second even before swallowing the previous bite.
Make it a habit to swallow before taking the next bite and taking extra few seconds to chew your food before swallowing.
Don’t devour your food like an animal or like there’s no tomorrow. Once you’re accustomed to this eating behavior, you won’t have trouble eating alongside your friends or family.
After all, there are several health benefits of eating slowly (Source)
2. Blending Your Food
It may sound weird but blending your snacks, such as carrots, would allow you to enjoy your healthy snack dose and at the same time allow you to enjoy it quietly.
You’d be surprised to learn that some blended foods have more health benefits than when eaten whole.
For instance, you get more benefits from eating blended carrots than the whole carrot. (Source)
And the best part is that you can mix your smoothie with other nutritious foods to give you a healthy punch dose.
You will, however, need to invest in a quiet blender as well as a quiet fridge to help you store your smoothies and snacks.
3. Avoid Crunchy Snacks
Snacks are loud to chew.
For instance, you can’t compare wafers or potato crisps to a slice of bread.
So, if you’ll be eating Weetabix, then why not mix it with some extra milk? I know it’s easy to be tempted to snack it out without milk, but it’ll only make the situation much worse.
However, if you don’t mind eating loudly when alone, you could probably try to sneak it to your room and enjoy your loud chews.
I’ve fully soundproofed my basement and transformed it into my secret man cave.
You can as well soundproof yours and probably enjoy your snacks down there.
4. Avoid Eating when Tipsy
I know how well all love the modern way of doing things. Having a glass of wine next to you when taking your dinner.
While I’m not advocating against a glass of wine during dinner time, I’m advocating against too much alcohol that could spiral things out of control and make you devour food like an animal.
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Benefits of Chewing Quietly
Chewing quietly has often been regarded as a matter of social etiquette, but it’s more than just that; it actually involves numerous practical and psychological aspects. Here are some reasons why it’s important to chew quietly:
Respect for Others: Chewing loudly can be disruptive and uncomfortable for people around you. It’s considered impolite in many cultures, and it can disturb the atmosphere, particularly in formal settings or when people are trying to focus on a task. Chewing quietly respects the space and comfort of others.
Reduces Misophonia Triggers: Misophonia is a condition in which certain sounds trigger intense emotional or physiological responses. The sound of chewing is a common trigger for people with this condition. Chewing quietly can help minimize the potential for causing distress to those with misophonia.
Better Digestion: Chewing your food thoroughly and slowly can lead to better digestion. It breaks down the food into smaller pieces, making it easier for your body to digest and absorb nutrients. Quick and loud chewing often corresponds to eating rapidly, which can lead to indigestion or other gastrointestinal problems.
Mindful Eating: When you chew quietly, you’re likely to be more mindful of your eating. Mindful eating is a practice where you pay full attention to your food—its flavor, texture, and how you feel as you eat it. This practice can help you enjoy your food more, and also assist in maintaining a healthy diet as you’re less likely to overeat when you’re paying attention to your consumption.
Cultural Expectations: In certain cultures, chewing loudly or with your mouth open is considered a sign of appreciation or enjoyment of the food. However, in many other cultures, it’s considered rude. Chewing quietly can ensure you don’t unintentionally offend others, especially in a multicultural setting or when traveling.
Noise Pollution: This might seem minor, but every little bit counts. In public spaces or during communal meals, if everyone chews loudly, it can significantly increase the level of noise.
On How to Chew Quietly
In a world filled with noise and haste, mastering the art of chewing quietly is more than just good manners. It’s a journey towards mindfulness, encouraging a slower pace and higher awareness in our daily lives.
Remember, this isn’t a race. It’s a personal growth journey that fosters consideration for others and nurtures your relationship with food. So the next time you sit down for a meal, remember to chew quietly, savor the flavors, and most importantly, enjoy the process. After all, every bite is a celebration of life!
Chewing quietly isn’t just about noise reduction. It is a social skill, a mindfulness practice, and a gateway to a healthier relationship with food.
By keeping these tips and techniques in mind, you can become a pro at the art of subtle mastication. Start practicing today and add a touch of elegance and mindfulness to your dining experience.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
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