Tip 5: Listen to your Mother, and Mind your Manners
Here's one simple step that will help you feel better after eating! Learn more in part five of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.
Chew Your Food and Eat Slowly
This can mean many things to many people, but I'm talking about a simple premise mothers have been trying to get through for generations- CHEW YOUR FOOD and EAT SLOWLY!!
I know we live in a world that is fast paced, with fast food and instant gratification, but we should not inhale our food like vacuum cleaners and expect our gut to know what to do with it. Here are simple steps we can take to make our tummies a lot happier!
First, take time to give thanks for the food. Pause and be thankful, say a prayer, or do whatever you do to reflect on the beauty and privilege of having such beautiful, bountiful food in front of you. (There really are starving people in Africa!)
Second, take smaller bites. This is not a race, so whatever amount of food you used to heap onto your fork, take only half each bite. This will lengthen the time you take chewing your food.
Third, digestion begins in the chewing. That's right, when you chew, you are pre-digesting your food. You feel the "gut-bomb" don't you when you eat your food as quickly as possible with almost no chewing. Inhaling your food is a bad idea because it doesn't get broken down physically into smaller pieces or chemically with the saliva excreted by your glands when you chew. (Oh, and chew with your mouth closed- the see food joke is not funny when you are thirty!)
Doing this step alone will help tremendously in your gut health, and you may even find that you feel fuller with smaller amounts of food because- you let it hit bottom.
Related Wellness Resources
We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.
7 Cures For A Picky Eater
A few weeks ago, I took our 6-year-old daughter out for dinner. She chose Japanese - chopsticks and all! At the end of the meal, the woman who had been sitting at the grill with us asked me how I did it, and that got me thinking about how we've raised adventurous eaters.
Affordable Healthy Grocery Shopping in 30 Minutes
Ever wonder what a healthy grocery list would look like? One of the things many people tell us is that it seems too hard to change shopping habits. They feel eating healthy is harder or costlier. I can tell you shopping for whole, natural foods is less expensive, easier and much faster in the grocery store than dealing with a bunch of processed foods.
Healthy GLUTEN-FREE and DAIRY-FREE Grocery Shopping List
Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.
Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook
Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!
How to Shop and What to Eat
We are what we eat. Studies from reputable health organizations suggest that 40-60% of Americans are living with one or more chronic diseases, which negatively impacts their quality of life, reduces employment productivity, and drives up health care costs.1 Lifestyle choices, in particular, the foods we choose to put into our bodies, are making us sick. However, we do have choices regarding our nutrition.
Learn practical tips for healthy and affordable grocery shopping and consider using a list similar to the recommended natural, whole foods grocery shopping list provided to get you off to a good start!
Tip 4: Take a Breath
One of the best ways to exercise is through breathing! Learn more in part four of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.
Webinar: Four Letter Word for F.O.O.D.
Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the unhealthy types of food typically consumed in the S.A.D (Sad American Diet) with participants of the Your Best Weight program. She provides alternative food choices and recipes that are nutritious and taste great along with supplement recommendations including meal replacement protein shakes.
Please enjoy the webinar. You may also wish to view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.
Why You Should Care About Gut Health
The Gut (think intestinal/digestive tract) is where approximately 80% of your immune system lives. It's been overlooked in the general healthcare world, and here's why you should care about and for it.
You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!
One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!
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