I was a little amused to see this post, though it may be a useful one to many.
Amused because has such a time come that we need to be reminded what to do with our hands. Have we gone so astray?
I won’t be surprised to find an article these days on the “Benefits of chewing food” or “Benefits of breathing” or “Benefits of trimming nails” etc.
This is the heights of modernization and sophistication that humanity can get into when they have lost and forgotten their own natural traits and live an unnatural life calling it advanced life. Later, when fed up they return to their natural state, but tagging that as a fashion, or latest development, or new trend. Same with this post. Man invented the fork and spoon for convenience and it became such a fashion that even most of the new India and the new world can’t eat without spoons and forks. They are literally crippled without spoons, forks and chopsticks When I ate with hands in Delhi people used to stare at me as though I had just commited a crime or done something awfully stupid. Now, people want to not just explain the benefits of eating with your hands but also want to make it a news and new trend. Heights of an unconscious hypocritic life…what a great development we make everytime only to return back to square one and yet be proud of that achievement :))
Below is the article:
Eating food with hands not only fills your body but also the mind and soul. Most Indians still believe in the concept, especially in the south where people still prefer to eat with hands.
According to Ayurvedic texts each finger is an extension of one of the five elements. The thumb is space. Children at the age when they are unable to chew tend to suck their thumb, this is nature’s way of aiding the digestion. The fore finger is air, the ring finger is earth, mid finger is fire and the little finger is water. Imbalance of any of these elements can actually lead to many diseases or disorders in the body. When we eat with our hands we normally stick our fingers and thumb together to eat, therefore when we use all the five fingers to eat food that is when we put all the five elements energising the food and helps in keeping all our pranas in balance.
If you suffer from poor digestion, try eating with hands because the tips of fingers are one of the strongest and often used sensation in the body. The moment we touch our food with hands, the brain signals the stomach that we are about to eat. This in turn, prepares the stomach to digest the food it will receive, aiding in better digestion.
A recent study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that people with type 2 diabetes were more likely to be hasty eaters and used cutlery to eat, as compared to people without the condition. If you suspect that you might be eating too fast, ditch utensils and focus on your eating method. You have to deliberately slow it down and see how you feel after eating with hands. You will be amazed by how soon you will get full with less food if you eat with your hands. But do make sure that your nails are trimmed and hands are clean enough to eat food, otherwise you might end up having infection.