Back in 2013 I posted
about my visit to Jen of My Edible Advice and how much I loved sitting down
to discover which foods my body is sensitive to. I have now gone to see Jen
three times and the last time was this past summer. I decided I needed to get
to know my body again after having Thomas and it was the perfect place to
start. I was deficient in a LOT of vitamins and minerals which is common in
nursing mom's. It’s really neat that your body figures out a way to get your
baby the nutrition it needs, it can literally suck the life out of you in the
process. I discovered that I am now sensitive to corn, coconut and sugar. As a
lover of mexican food it was difficult cutting out corn but with a few easy
changes to my diet I did that one overnight. Coconut of all forms had become a
daily staple in my diet so that one was a struggle but I made it happen. Sugar
has been hit or miss but luckily I've figured out a way to limit it. I'm not sure
I'll ever be able to cut it out completely.
I realized quickly the importance of
taking care of your digestive system because I noticed a difference right away
after making those changes. This year I’m doing something a little different
with my resolutions (a post on that will follow) but I really want to start being kinder to my body. One of the ways I want to accomplish that is by focusing on taking care of my digestive system. Since Jen was such a help in guiding me in the right direction this past summer, and with 2018 only a
few days away I asked Jen to share three of her favourite (easy) tips for
honouring our digestive systems that we can start in the new year.
Habits to Honour Your Digestive System
when you eat.
digestive system only works properly when we are relaxed and at ease. This is
because the first level of digestion occurs in the mind and brain. When we eat
in a relaxed manner we will taste our food and become absorbed in the process
of nourishing ourselves. Slow down, light a candle, and put your phone
away…. after you share you epic creation on Insta, of course. Eating in a
distracted way, for example watching TV or having involved conversation during
our meals will take us away from the relaxed and absorbed state. This will
disengage the brain and mind from digestion and lead to all sorts of digestive
and systemic difficulties. Remember, there are two parts of the Autonomic Nervous
System. The sympathetic nervous system, or the “fight or flight” response,
prepares our bodies for action and the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest
and digest”) helps produce a state of equilibrium in the body. Peace, love, and
meals is not your waistline’s friend.
people assume that by skipping meals you will loose weight more readily. That
is simply not true. By skipping meals our blood sugar levels will be a mess and
we will actually store extra fat by lowering metabolic rates. Pack healthy
snacks such as fruits, vegetables or nuts and seeds ahead of time so you are
set up for success.
isn’t much of a pal, either. Overeating is one of our biggest faults. We should
never eat until we are so full we have to unbutton our pants. Eat slowly, and
give your body a chance to feel full. Acquire the habit of eating slowly so you
can stop when you are satisfied, not full; the brain needs about 20 minutes to
get the "not hungry anymore" signal. Chew, chew, and then chew some
on hydration between meals.
hydration is key to good health, but timing is everything. Bloating is one of
the number one client concerns I see in my private practice. I always challenge
my clients to avoid drinking water with meals to see if that is the magic
ticket, which it often is! The thing is, water dilutes the acid and enzymes of
the stomach. The stomach functions to turn the food we eat into a 100 degree
soup. Therefore it needs some fluid, but this fluid is better had in the form
of broth or light tea which does not dilute digestive secretions like water.
Sipping hot tea or eating soup will help our stomach to make our meal the
appropriate consistency. This will decrease the workload and energy expenditure
of the stomach and digestive system and increase our absorption power and
Guideline: 0.5 ounces x Body Weight in Pounds = Daily Fluid Requirement in
can cause an increase in body temperature leading to a decrease blood volume,
muscular endurance and strength.
Water can help to suppress your appetite when you find yourself needing an
Proper hydration helps the body metabolize stored fat and reduces fat deposits.
Principal Nutritionist and
My Edible Advice Nutritional
you so much for sharing these tips, Jen! I always eat way too quickly so this
was a great reminder. I also feel bloated after eating on a regular basis so I
think I will be switching to tea during my meals!