Why 32 Chews?

Gwenn and David in Yellowstone National Park
David & Gwenn at Yellowstone National Park

In the summer of 2021, Gwenn and I embarked on a cross-country road trip. We had just gotten vaccinated after spending months in COVID isolation, and we thought the pandemic was coming to an end.

During lock down, we began watching travel vloggers on YouTube while we ate meals. We enjoyed being able to virtually adventure, even though we couldn’t go anywhere at the time, and that inspired me to document our road trip.

In the late 1800s, Horace Fletcher came up with the idea that people should chew their food 32 times before swallowing. The practice became known as “fletcherizing,” and it attracted die-hard followers including Upton Sinclair, John D. Rockefeller, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Chewing your food 32 times (mastication) inspires you to slow down, taste all the flavors, and digest nutrients efficiently. It’s fun. Try it!

While Horace Fletcher had an influence on our travels, the real inspiration came from the following YouTube vloggers:

- SQUEEZEtheDay
- Nomadic Noms
- Jennelle Eliana
- Sarah Yak

My goal in making 32 Chews was simply to create without getting too precious about the process or the product. I had fun making the music and editing the videos, so I hope you enjoy traveling along with us. Thanks for watching, and adventure wherever you are!