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Growing up, I heard my share of little white lies from adults:
nutrients being absorbed and feeling fuller a bit faster — thank you, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal au- thor Mary Roach, for that in- formation. (Those interested in checking out her book can borrow it from the library or find it where books are sold.)
... really fast. Both probably lead to my digestion issues, namely bloating and that slug- gish feeling one gets after eat- ing too much.
I’ve been trying to chew my food better — not quite 32 times per bite, but more than I used to. The bloating has eased a little bit, and the
slower pace of eating allows me to feel fuller faster, which makes overeating a thing of the past. Well, almost. Ice cream is one of my favorite
foods, and the soft texture means not a lot of chewing at the get-go, leaving me free to stuff my face until I feel sick. No regrets!
    by Nicole Monton
Biting Off More Than I Can Chew
 Book Pick Of The Week
Annie Daly released Destination Wellness: Global Secrets for Better Living Wherever You Are, and there’s a section dedicated to Hawai‘i and what she learned about aloha ‘āina. Around page 90, Daly interviews a woman named Anela, who earned her master’s in Hawaiian studies from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Destination Wellness is Daly’s journey around the world to discover what wellness looks like in other cultures. It’s part travel memoir, personal journey and wellness guide. Find it where books are sold.
Speaking of UH, physics professor Peter Gorham spent the majority of 2020 publishing a book of poetry. Many verses are beautiful renderings of life in Hawai‘i, while others are expressions of the things he experiences. And, there are some — like “Constellation” — that pay homage to Gorham’s area of expertise in the sciences. Get Water Language online and in bookstores.
Author Carolyn Gross returned to Hawai‘i Island last month for a virtual event at Kona Stories Book Store to promote her new book, Rise Above the Chaos: How to Keep Positive in an Unsettled World. Learn more at
Dillingham Ranch was the backdrop for author Africa Yoon, who talked about her new book The Korean. The memoir details how Yoon lost 110 pounds on a Korean diet — thanks to the plentiful healthy groceries from her local H Mart — and her love of and experiences with the Korean community, as well as her interracial marriage. Find details at
USA Today bestselling author and Hawai‘i Island resident Sara Ackerman is well-versed in penning works of historical fiction, and she wows audiences again with Radar Girls. Set in the Aloha State, it tells the story of the WWII Women’s Air Raid Defense. Find it where books are sold starting July 27.
Bess Press is supporting keiki in some exciting ways. First, its Island Readers series is now available in Marshallese, Chuukese and Hawaiian. And, to help foster a love of reading at home, the publishing company launched online teacher resource tools and content in June. Learn more about it all at or
    “Stop making that face or it’ll get stuck like that. If you swallow a watermelon seed, it’ll start growing inside your tummy. The crust of the bread is where all the vitamins are. The gum you swallowed will be in your stomach forever.”
A hundred seemed pretty excessive, and a quick internet search revealed that 32 times per bite is par for the course. Where that number comes from I have no idea, but I fig- ured it would be a compromise in light of the 100-bite recom- mendation from my youth.
Theoneonmymindasof late, though, was the notion to “chew my food at least 100 times before swallowing to prevent a stomachache.”
I average about five to six chews per bite, which might not be so bad except for two things. First, I pile my spoon or chopsticks with as much food as possible; second, I eat fast
Well, it seems there might be some validity to that. Prop- erly chewing one’s food might result in better digestion, more
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   Two island school students using a graduated beaker to conduct observations.
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