Awesome Benefits Of Eating With Hands! You Should Read This!
When you travel to the nook and crannies of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, you will find one thing in common. You’ll see many people eating with their hands instead of using forks, spoons and knives.
Perhaps to your surprise, it can actually be good for you, despite all the times that your parents told you it was poor manners.
Eating is a sensual and mindful process. Employing all the senses – sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch – can make the whole experience even more fulfilling. Using your hands to eat adds a tactile connection with your food as well as body, mind and soul.
It also softens the formality of fine dining. This is one reason why many restaurants in Western countries are encouraging eating with one’s hands.
While some people find eating with their hands unhygienic and disgusting, it is considered a relaxed and convivial style of dining. Plus, it has many benefits.
Eating is a sensory experience that can evoke emotion and passion. According to Ayurveda, each finger of the hands is an extension of the five elements. Specifically:
- The thumb is related to space.
- The forefinger is related to air.
- The middle finger is related to fire.
- The ring finger is related to water.
- The little finger is related to earth.
When you enjoy your food with your hands, the whole process stimulates these five elements and helps energize the food you are about to eat. This is important to keep all the elements in balance and remain healthy.
Also, the senses of touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste become more active. Stimulation of the five senses makes you more conscious of the taste, textures and aroma of the food.
Though you may think that eating with your hands is an unhygienic way to handle food, in reality it is just the opposite.
People who practice eating with their hands always wash their hands before sitting down to enjoy a meal. Also, we all wash our hands several times a day. Hand hygiene is practiced everywhere.
But when it comes to spoons, forks and other utensils, they are often washed quickly and are not always cleaned thoroughly.