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Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Palate

Pay Attention

Admit it. You eat in front of the TV, in the car, at your desk, during meetings and on the run. Of course you do, you're only human. And these days, in the millennium of multitasking, being human means doing 1,000 things at once. The trouble is that you're not paying attention. You're ignoring the yummy flavors in your mouth. No matter how many sugar molecules in that cinnamon roll are screaming your name, you've gone and checked out.

When our minds are tuned out at mealtime, our digestive processes can become 30 to 40 percent less effective at breaking down our food. Practicing mindful eating can help -- not only will it teach you to savor the distinct textures and flavors in your food but the practice can also help you reduce bloating, gas and constipation.