Diet and nutrition is critical in maintaining our natural good health and well being. Today we are bombarded with numerous theories about eating and diet. No matter what our diet is, an important part of it is the way we think about it. Eating with an attitude of gratitude helps us to better assimilate and utilize the food we do eat. Each of us as individuals has personal nutritional needs, some basic to all and, other very specific to us as individuals.
What we eat. How we eat. How much we eat and when we eat all contribute to the overall health practice. Being conscious of our eating habits helps us to evaluate their effectiveness.
The following questions have been designed to assist in becoming aware of our diet habits.
1. WHEN DO YOU EAT?
2. HOW LARGE ARE YOUR MEALS?
3. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO EAT A MEAL?
4. HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU CHEW YOUR FOOD?
5. HOW MUCH PROTEIN IS IN YOUR DIET?
6. DO YOU INCLUDE GRAINS IN YOUR DIET?
7. HOW MUCH FRUITS IN YOUR DIET?
8. HOW MUCH VEGETABLES ARE IN YOUR DIET?
9. HOW MANY GLASSES OF WATER DO YOU DRINK?
10. HOW MUCH ALCOHOL/TOBACCO DO YOU CONSUME?
Research has proven that the time of day determines the complete digestion and assimilation process. When the sun is up, the body is more active and, therefore better able to assimilate food more adequately. Digestive processes are slower as the sun goes down.
Smaller meals in the morning with lots of raw foods help get the digestive process started.
In countries with hotter climates the larger meal of the day is eaten at midday when the sun is high. Eating lighter meals after the sun goes down benefits our digestive process, thus a light meal in the evening would be recommended to aid in our digestion prior to sleep. Within this country the high incidence of heart disease is correlated with the amount of fat consummation in our diets. The fact that we tend to eat our heavy meal in the evening allows little time for digestion leading to such things as hardening of the arteries. The size of our stomachs is about the size of a grapefruit. With this is mind it would stand to reason that the amount of food consumed in one sitting should not be more than a cup and half. Anything over that tends to back up and prevent proper break down and assimilation of nutrients. This would be particularly important for those who experience low blood sugar throughout the day.
Food is a guest, if we treat it in a gracious manner a different interaction results. To appreciate the gifts the earth’s foods bring can only benefit our attitude and daily life style. Many of us have a tendency to gulp our food or eat on the run with out adequate chewing. This inhibits proper initiation of the digestive process. By chewing we masticate food more adequately and allow introduction of the enzymes to begin the digestive process. Enzymes are the chemicals provided by the body as agents to help break down the food for digestion and assimilation. A good rule of thumb is to chew each mouthful of food 30 times or until liquefied.
What we put into the body is just as important as how.
Stay tuned for part (2)
Starting your day with fresh fruits alone jump starts the digestive system by allowing the enzymes to work with out competition…