Healthy lifestyles and sensible eating are guaranteed to be on the front cover of every magazine in your local store. As 2022 has arrived, the inevitable ‘Lose Your Christmas Weight’ headlines always go the same year in, year out. 

However, suppose you are someone who has dysphagia or another condition whereby you sometimes struggle chewing and swallowing food. In that case, it can be even harder to eat healthily when you find yourself limited to what you can actually consume. 

With this in mind, continue reading to learn of five ways to make eating and digesting food considerably easier. 

  1. Eliminate Mealtime Distractions

You are certainly forgiven if, during the majority of, or even all of your meal times, you are multi-tasking on the phone, helping your children with their homework, feeding the dog, or undertaking other general household activities. 

However, eliminating any distractions while you concentrate on eating your lunch and avoiding eating at a table with more than a few people will reduce any pressure or stressful feelings you experience at the prospect of eating. 

  1. Food Thickener

One product that should always be present in the kitchen cupboards of an individual who sometimes has problems chewing and swallowing food is an affordable yet top-quality and delicious food thickener, such as Simply Thick Nectar flavored thickener

Food and drink thickeners make the swallowing process significantly easier by thickening fluids and foods to the specified thickness of the individual and substantially help slow down the transit of fluids and foodstuffs to help navigate the chewing and swallowing process safely. 

  1. Focus On Posture

Believe it or not, posture can play a huge part in how successful you are at safely chewing and swallowing food and drink. 

Always eat your meals in an upright yet entirely comfortable position, with your back straight. Try looking forward rather than downwards to the plate if you can. Additionally, some exercises while eating may be useful, such as tilting your head to one side as you swallow. 

  1. Take Smaller Bites

Although perhaps one of the more obvious techniques to aid chewing and swallowing. Especially when you are particularly hungry, you may sometimes forget that it is important to cut your food into smaller than average, bitesize pieces. 

Eating little and often, rather than two or three huge meals at certain designated points in the day will help with this, and always remember to cut small pieces of food in half again if they have hard textures or rough skin, such as grapes, oranges, and apples. 

  1. Research Rehabilitative Therapies

Whether you have been diagnosed with dysphagia or not, it can also be incredibly helpful to make an appointment with a medically trained professional who specializes in therapies and practices to help the individual chew and swallow. 

Speech and language therapists can also offer advice on posture and other techniques to try, with therapies proving to have helped many people with their overall sensory function, their efficiency and safety in swallowing, and their chewing abilities.