Demeter Clarc Manners Moment: Finish a Bite Before Starting a Sentence.

I admit occasionally I’m guilty of talking with food in my mouth.  As soon as I sense myself doing that awkward hand-in-front-of-mouth gesture while trying to articulate words, I feel gross and ashamed.  Chatting with your mouth full is a disgusting habit that unfortunately many of us indulge.  For some reason, we find the need to respond to conversation so urgent that we think we need to speak right that second – bite be damned.  Obviously, breaking this basic etiquette rule is disgusting and unappetizing for our dining companions, but it is also downright dangerous.  You could choke yo!  Most of us don’t spend enough time chewing our food anyway.  Digestion begins in the mouth with thorough mastication.  Skimping on this step means less nutrient absorption and an increased likelihood of indigestion.  Slow down and enjoy each bite so your body recognizes when it is sated and you get the most from your meal.  Let’s agree to finish a bite before starting a sentence.