I'm here to talk about how to eat. I already did a how-to-eat video before, but, this one is going to be more advanced. So if you haven't watched the original version, you might want to check it out first. This time there going to be seven steps instead of five, which is the previous version.
1. Food Comes To You
I know you get scared, but this is my Japanese traditional natto—it's not just any old natto. Anyway, instead of you going to the food, natto comes to you! So you can keep a good body posture and maintain a healthy head-to-butt ratio. Your head is on the butt, but when I say on the butt, how do you put your head on your butt? Above it! Keep it here so you don't have to do this—and bring it here—because if you do this, it tends to do chin tension: overworking muscle that you wanna relax.
2. Don’t Show Lower Teeth
I was doing a lot of lower teeth when I opened my mouth, but now I'm much more conscious about it. I'm trying to bring the natto here (demonstrates), and then I realize that I'm not showing my lower teeth as much. This muscle is used in addition to this one, which is not good. So if you want to show your lower teeth, it should be a big smile and then it should show less still.
3. Tongue Position When Eating
When you're eating, it's important to think about where your tongue is in the mouth.
When you bring food to your mouth, you want to make sure your tongue is in the middle of your mouth—not on one side or the other. When you get food inside your mouth, put your tongue in the middle and open it wide enough that you can see all of your teeth at once.
Try this practice with a small amount of food. You'll be surprised by how much more comfortable it feels!
4. Chewing 50-50
When you eat food, your tongue chews. It's probably on the right side a little bit more, but that's okay because we're going to fix it on both cheeks. You guys know this, right? If you've followed me for a long time, you're a coconut. And when I say 50-50, that means you should cut your food into two pieces and then put it in both cheeks. This is the most important thing for a symmetrical face because this jaw muscle and this bone is the only bone that dramatically moves, other bones slightly might move because of this movement. But this is how we get asymmetrical faces! Every time we chew our food, we are doing an asymmetrical movement to some extent—that's how we get asymmetrical faces!
5. Cheek up
Are you chewing 50-50?
If you're chewing left and right, you're doing it wrong. You should be chewing at the same time—not alternating.
That's because the chewing angle matters so much! If you don't chew from both sides, you'll end up with saggy cheeks and a double chin that looks like it's trying to eat itself.
So how do we get our cheek muscles working? Well, one way is by opening our mouth and having our tongue in the middle of it (chop chop!). Then close your mouth and start chewing up. That's it! Now your cheeks are getting a good workout, but not overworking your jaw or face muscles. And if you keep doing this every day, eventually those cheeks will lift up into their natural position.
6. Tongue stroking
So the tip of your tongue is going to be stroking this palate back and forth. Try it without food first because it's going to be very difficult for you to do it when you're eating real food. If this is so hard for you to do when you're eating real food, I highly suggest that you practice without food. When you're walking outside or cycling or doing something else, just practice. I can't show you in my mouth obviously, but inside the mouth, the tip of my tongue is back and forth. So when it's up, it's back; and in the middle, because otherwise, it stands up like this. This is my dominant side—it's gonna do that! So try to put it in that middle position—that's critical for symmetry!
7. Soft swallow
If you're like me, you've probably noticed that when you eat and then swallow, you have a tendency to swallow with a lot of tension. Your throat moves up and down in a jerky, unnatural way—like you're shooting a gun or something. That's not only going to make your face sag, but it's also going to make your neck and shoulders hunch up around your ears.
So what's the secret? Soft swallowing. When you swallow, it should barely be noticeable in your neck or throat—you should be using mostly tongue force to move the food down instead of unnecessary muscles. This will make eating much easier (and less expensive) because it reduces tension and strain on your body as well as makes it less likely for food to get stuck in your esophagus or teeth. And don't forget: eat small amounts at first!
Ok, let's do all seven versions of the quick bite with the real natto food.
Step one: Get a small amount of food so you don't have to show your lower teeth and it's good for your health in general.
Food comes to me instead of me going to the food.
Step two: Open your mouth like a big smile and try not to show your lower teeth.
And then you don't want to do and then step three, the tongue is in the middle when you open your mouth.
And then step four, chop into 50-50, then chew up step five. Then step six, tongue stroking. Then step seven, soft swallow. I swallowed but you didn't see that much movement right? Keep it relaxed and barely moving. That's the key!