tune into your thoughts about foods and see how your health changes
Have you ladies ever been so confused about the RIGHT foods for you that you become a little afraid of food?
More importantly, did you know that how you FEEL- either consciously or unconsciously- when you're eating can impact how your body responds to that food?
This is pretty amazing stuff, and I want each of you to put your positivity hats on while you read this. What I'm about to share with you means you have MORE control over how your body responds to food than maybe you thought previously.
I think most of us already know that the SIGHT of food triggers our brains to start talking to our bodies. If we are staring at our absolute favorite food- whatever that is for you- we start to salivate a little. We might feel our tummies rumble in anticipation of getting that food in our bellies. (I'm really hoping you're reading that in the voice of the Fat Bastard from Austin Powers!)
So, how do our FEELINGS change that response??
Well, if we're SCARED of what that food might do to us.. Your internal monologue might be something like, "Ugh. Gluten. Everyone is supposedly sensitive to it. Maybe I am too. Or is it the dairy? Or maybe nightshades.. I'm hearing about that a lot lately. If I eat this, what's going to happen? What the hell CAN I eat?"
Or- I'm 100% positive everyone can relate to these scenarios in some way.
We're RUSHING to eat lunch/dinner because of schedules… sometimes scarfing food in the car or at our desk while doing 3 other things.
We're trying to eat dinner as a family, but it's CHAOS. The baby is screaming, the preschooler is making noise just to make noise, and another child is complaining that she doesn't like the way you cut her toast.
Maybe you finally got a date night with your partner, and you end up getting into a spat while you're waiting for your food to arrive. You end up eating your dinner in TENSE silence.
You get the idea.. Most of us rarely eat meal in a peaceful, relaxed, quiet way.
So, what does our brain do in these scenarios?
It decreases saliva, the flow of digestive juices and hormones, enzymes. Cortisol levels elevate. Inflammation increases.
Ultimately, we're not absorbing nutrients optimally. We can end up with bloating, stomach pains, gas, etc.
I know this could sound defeating, but, remember, we've got our positivity hats on! This means we can CONTROL a little piece of how our body responds.
It may not be easy. We can't really duct tape our kids mouths shut or lock ourselves in our rooms to eat.
BUT we CAN make little changes to help calm our bodies while we eat to help set the stage for our bodies to optimally receive the nutrition we're giving it.
Turn off the TV.
Play relaxing music while you're getting everyone around the table.
If you're eating on the run, take a moment of silence before you start to eat. Offer up a bit of gratitude for your food. That could take less than 10 seconds and also help your overall mood.
Maybe use your calming app and do some deep breathing.
Count how many times you chew each bite. You can even get your kids involved with this one if they're old enough.
Little changes can mean so much… one of my favorite sayings that almost every one of my patients has heard over the years is "pennies add up!" Make one little change today and keep moving forward- you’ll be amazed how quickly you start feeling the difference.
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