Fletcherize \FLECH-uh-rahyz\, verb:
To chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.
“She ate half a sack of carrots, and knowing full well that she was eating forbidden fruit, she bolted them, and for her failure to Fletcherize – but speaking of Fletcherizing, did you dine aboard the train?”
— Peter Bernard Kyne, Valley of the giants
The two extra months at sea gave him an insight into a great business, and he had the time to fletcherize his ideas.
— Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great: Volume 11
Fletcherize is named for the American dietician Horace Fletcher, who advocated chewing each bite of food at least 32 times in order to truly enjoy it.
So, apparently your grandma’s old saying, “Chew your food,” can be summed up as “fletcherize?” Who knew?!
Perhaps there is relevant application for this concept this time of year?
What is the holiday season about, after all?
Shopping Presents Spending money Baby Jesus Food! Right?!
I think Fletcher had a point, especially valid during holidays. Chew. Okay, perhaps you may be too distracted by your drunk uncle teasing your aunt, or your kid wobbling on a chair to grab an ornament from the tree, or your dog stealing food from the counters
like mine does, to actually count to 32.
Honestly, that is a lot of chewing.
But the point is to taste your food (and maybe help your digestion while you’re at it!).
I’m the first to admit if something tastes great, my mouth gets real excited and gobble-gobble-gobble gets going in there, mixed with a little of more-more-more.
But Fletcher would say, slow down, notice the favors, savor this nourishment, and enjoy.
Which we should all probably be doing with everything this holiday season.
Except for pecan pie.
That I inhale.