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Old 11-15-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Well, now, you shouldn't do that, especially if you know that you have that tendency!
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I can have hot soup and then a cold drink following that. Depends on how dry the food is, I guess. If it's too dry, then it needs some moisturization.

Of course, the problem is I can't eat or drink and breathe at the same time, so I don't linger either way.
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:13 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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A couple of people I've known have claimed that meal time was time to fill the stomach with food not liquids. I thought that was ridiculous, but kept my opinion to myself.

Turns out that the stomach has to get liquid into it to make food digestible in order to work correctly. Stomach cramps can occur in order to make this work because if we don't drink when we eat our guts pull the liquid out of the bloodstream.

That's the reason, incidentally, that people say don't swim until an hour after eating because the blood that would go to the legs and arms to move in the water is instead routed to the guts. I have ignored that rule and swam too soon only to have leg cramps.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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Turns out that the stomach has to get liquid into it to make food digestible in order to work correctly.
Shouldn't the meal itself have enough moisture in it already without additional liquids, unless one eats completely dried or burnt food?

I usually just have tea after a meal. I agree that it depends on how dry the food is.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Why wait?
Maybe this isn't what the OP was getting at, but some people believe that only your salivary secretions should mix with your food whilst eating.

Why: because "spit" is a pre-digestive" enzyme. Therefore, it will aid you in properly digesting & incorporating the nutrients in your food.

I may have gotten the wording a bit off. I think it's considered a holistic or macrobiotic view. And of course, although I can speak as though I'm a great advocate, I'm not a holistic eater. I'm simply an armchair critic.

The poll didn't have a choice for "both" which I would have marked. At any rate, I put "during" .

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Old 11-15-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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Maybe this isn't what the OP was getting at, but some people believe that only your salivary secretions should mix with your food whilst eating.

Why: because "spit" is a pre-digestive" enzyme. Therefore, it will aid you in properly digesting & incorporating the nutrients in your food.

I may have gotten the wording a bit off. I think it's considered a holistic or macrobiotic view. And of course, although I can speak as though I'm a great advocate, I'm not a holistic eater. I'm simply an armchair critic.

The poll didn't have a choice for "both" which I would have marked. At any rate, I put "during" .


Yeah both would mean during. Because you still drank in between bites.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Interesting poll.

I always drink with my meal. For one thing, if you are eating something dry-ish (i.e. bread, pasta) It really helps wash the food down, you know? There have been times when I have had a sandwich and it actually hurt to eat until I could take a drink.

My mother in law *never* has drinks at the table. NEVER. (She never uses paper towels either, but that is a different thread). The very first time I ate at her house I asked for a glass of water at the table and you would have thought I had asked for a virgin to be sacrificed. There was this LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG pause and then she got me a drink of (warm) tap water (yum). Even now, EVERY time (and I mean EVERY) we are at her house for dinner she makes the comment..... "oh, yes, let's not forget the water for [my name]".....

Sometimes I want to smack her. (Oh, and don't forget the FRIGGIN' PAPER TOWEL EITHER). LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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A couple of people I've known have claimed that meal time was time to fill the stomach with food not liquids. I thought that was ridiculous, but kept my opinion to myself.

Turns out that the stomach has to get liquid into it to make food digestible in order to work correctly. Stomach cramps can occur in order to make this work because if we don't drink when we eat our guts pull the liquid out of the bloodstream.
Hmmm, I've heard that it is best not to mix eating and drinking. The drinking interferes with the digestive process - which makes sense because it will increase the pH in the stomach. If you want to have fluids do it 1/2 hour before or 1/2-1 hour after.

I used to not drink with my meal, and since I've moved back to the USA I have changed that habit. Thanks for the thread and thereby bringing it to my attention - time to change back to my old habits
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Hmmm, I've heard that it is best not to mix eating and drinking. The drinking interferes with the digestive process - which makes sense because it will increase the pH in the stomach. If you want to have fluids do it 1/2 hour before or 1/2-1 hour after.

I used to not drink with my meal, and since I've moved back to the USA I have changed that habit. Thanks for the thread and thereby bringing it to my attention - time to change back to my old habits
Water has a neutral ph so it should not make any difference. Now if you drink soda or some other beverage, it could change the ph level.

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Old 11-15-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Interesting poll.

My mother in law *never* has drinks at the table. NEVER. The very first time I ate at her house I asked for a glass of water at the table and you would have thought I had asked for a virgin to be sacrificed. There was this LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG pause and then she got me a drink of (warm) tap water (yum). Even now, EVERY time (and I mean EVERY) we are at her house for dinner she makes the comment..... "oh, yes, let's not forget the water for [my name]".....
What did you do, violate some local custom? It's not like you showed up at the table dressed only in a diaper with a pacifier stuck in your mouth. You asked for water during your meal fercrissakes. What does the old bat do when she goes to a restaurant that automatically serves everyone water once they're seated? Stab the waiter?
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