Slow Down Before You Eat That Avocado

Labor Day Weekend is upon us...

Along with the first week of school. That calm feeling of summer, freedom, and having plenty of time to do everything will soon go by the wayside.

The new academic year brings us a full plate of trying to get it all done.

Structure can be good, but slowing down is important, especially while healthy eating begins with good hygiene.

The medicine of chewing is very simple.

It’s the only voluntary part of our entire digestive system!

We tend to chew our food quickly and gulp it down with water, but in doing so we are cheating ourselves of essential digestive enzymes that are naturally created during the chewing process. These enzymes help us digest our food and in turn help us to better absorb nutrients. The healthiest diet in the world is not useful if we cannot properly digest and absorb our food. Here are a few pointers to help you create good healthy eating hygiene:

  • Breathe Mindfully. Take a deep breath and slow down your nervous system. Calming and relaxing the body prior to eating in a comfortable, sitting position can help to reduce indigestion.

  • Chew thoroughly, until your food is nearly liquid in your mouth. The more broken down, the more opportunity for nutrient absorption.

  • Drink water before or after your meal, not during. Yes, liquids are important! But hydrate in between meals. Soup is nourishing and typically contains a cup or two of water. But excessive water intake can dilute needed enzymes and stomach acid which can cause indigestion.

  • Focus on the meal without multi-tasking. This allows us to savor the meal more thoroughly and give the brain the entertainment it seeks (e.g. flavor, aroma, textures), helping us to more naturally eat the amount of food that the body actually needs.

  • Wait 20 minutes after the meal before having seconds and especially before having dessert. It takes 20 minutes for the body to release the hormone Cholecystokinin (CCK) which regulates hunger. This hormone is responsible for telling your body when it’s full.

I too am a student this semester at the School of Applied Functional Medicine. I’m working hard to help you resolve your health issues in a more holistic manner. So I will remind myself slow is the way to go! Want to Change Your Life? As a health coach, I will work with you to guide you to healthier nutritional and lifestyle choices. This has been proven to increase focus, improve energy levels, improve sleep patterns and alter chronic health issues. You can learn to decrease food cravings, manage stress, and help maintain a healthier balance in all areas of your life! Whether you are managing allergies, food intolerance, gut health, weight management or elimination diets, you do not have to face these issues alone. As a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Holli Bassin, MBA is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and attendee at the School of Applied Functional Medicine who can help you work through these issues and resolve them. In good health!

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