When we talk about slowing down or speeding up eating, we’re talking about internal rhythm. Our hearts beat, our lungs breath, and our muscles expand and contract to our own rhythm and our rhythm is affected by the rhythms around us.
The basic steps of eating: biting, chewing and swallowing are rhythmic themselves and work with and affect other rhythms of the body. For example, when we swallow, our airway closes so food can go down the esophagus into the stomach. In other words, we hold our breath. But it doesn’t feel like holding our breath, because we coordinate all of these movements with our internal rhythms.
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