Have you been eating a really good diet, I mean the food that you have been eating is good quality, it’s whole food and not processed and you have avoided sugary foods and you are still the same weight?
I would like to introduce you to the idea that how you eat food is more important than what you eat, And the amazing part is that you will start to lose weight. I am not saying that what you eat is not important but before you eat all that great nourishing organic whole food I want you to put the “how” before the “what”.
Think about those times when you have sat around a big dining room table for a Christmas lunch or a big family get together. How relaxed did you feel? What was the atmosphere like? The setting of the table was grand I am sure and everything looked beautiful and in place. The family got involved with setting it all up and made an effort to make it an attractive setting.
How much effort do we put in for meals that are not big occasions? I know, setting up the table just for the kids to scoff down breakfast on a school day while you iron the clothes and get book bags ready, I mean where do you find the time to do anything outside of just getting through it and getting those wonderful kids to school!! Trust me I know this struggle, my wife and I have four young children and life is a whirlwind.
4 tips on how to eat
1. Take your time when you eat
At your next meal, I want you to time yourself on how long it takes to complete it. If it takes you 3 minutes then great, write that down because your next meal I want you to set a goal of 8 minutes in total. Consciously take your time while eating and focus on making it all the way through to the end of the 8 minutes
I have tried this and even though I have a goal of a 20-minute meal I have only ever managed 15 minutes, actually I regularly hover around this time which is good because when I first started I was eating my meals in less than 5 minutes!
Taking your time to eat will help in many ways, most of which will help you to eat less. The longer it takes to finish your meal the closer you get to the point when your stomach registers with your brain that you have had enough. More scientifically chemicals are released that give you the full feeling “Levels of hormones that make us feel full – CCK, PYY, GLP-1, amylin and insulin – all increase following a meal to reach a peak about 30 to 60 minutes later.” Read full article here
2. Be in a calm state
If you sit down to eat and you are stressed, your digestive system will not be fully engaged and will not digest your food in its best possible way. Your aim is to calm yourself before you eat. Firstly having a calm and relaxed atmosphere will aid in this very much, so make every effort for your dining room to be a place of zen. If you are rushing out the door eating a bacon butty in the car on the way to work this will not help you, this is a high-stress situation
I see some people eating their breakfast at work. I have never thought about this until recently but if you think about it, eating at work will not be good for your digestive system as again This is a high-stress environment. I mean you have meetings to think about, deadlines to meet, how can you enjoy your food and take your time in eating it if you have to gulp it down so that you can write your next email?!
3. Chew and breathe
We have all heard it before, chew your food! I remember years ago reading articles about this so we know it’s nothing new. But have you ever tried? it’s so annoying sometimes chewing your food 20 to 30 times, I mean really?
There is one thing I have learnt is that when you employ something from what you’ve read and you give it a good go, then eventually it becomes a part of you the more you do it the more it becomes a part of you. So don’t write something off just because it sounds too hard. And don’t think that it doesn’t sink into your habits somehow. Give this a try, at your next meal be conscious to chew your food as many times as possible before you swallow.
Digestion starts in the mouth. The stomach should be given the least amount of work as possible. So do your body a favour, chew your food, and start the digestive process in the mouth. You will find that you will have an increase in energy as your stomach doesn’t have to work so hard.
When you are next eating, be sure to think about whether you are reading in between your forkful. Now I’m not talking about just regular breathing as of course, you would need to breathe in order to stay alive, I am rather talking about conscientious and deeper type reading more focused time reading. This will help to increase the oxygen in your blood. And increase in oxygen in your blood helps your metabolism to speed up and makes it work more efficiently. So you will naturally lose weight if there is more oxygen in your bloodstream. This is why exercise is so beneficial as it increases the oxygen amount in your blood
4. Enjoy and have fun
I struggle with this the most, being the type of person I am I am quite serious and it’s hard for me to let go sometimes and have fun. I will always have some kind of plan in place about what I’m doing next and some goal that I’m trying to achieve. It’s hard for me to let go and to focus on the moment. But it’s important that when we are eating we are not thinking about the future and not necessarily thinking about the past but rather being in the moment and enjoying our food with our loved ones.
Enjoying the moment and eating when feeling in a pleasant state will, of course, help our digestion. It’s a good point to make again hear that when you sit down to eat you should be in a relaxed state and enjoying one another’s company is confirming and affirming that state of peace and non-stress.
Make every effort to ask how peoples days went and what they are most thankful for today. It’s a good habit to ask people what they’re thankful for while eating their evening meal. On occasion we play a game with our family called “I’m thinking of an animal can you guess what it is?”
As I’m writing this blog there are many things that I do not do myself, but it’s a good reminder for me to write this down and to give you encouragement about the benefits and importance of how we eat before we even think about what we eat.
My job as a health coach is to help people to relieve and deal with stress in their lives. Having The capabilities to relieve stress when it comes in an efficient way we help you in many areas of your life including your digestion and including the increase of your metabolism which will have a great impact on your weight. You will naturally balance to the right weight for your height as you live in a place of less stress and increased metabolism and better digestion.