Positive Energy 412 -Stretched VS. Stressed
MarketWatch cites statistics from the World Health Organization estimating more than $10 billion is spent worldwide each year on antacids. According to MarketWatch's March 14, 2018 article, the prevalence of GERD is increasing worldwide ranging from nearly 2.5% to 6.6% in Eastern Asia and nearly 13.8% to 25.8% in North America. Antacids are formulated to help neutralize the acid content of the stomach and sales are expected to jump. People seeking relief through the purchase of antacids typically have symptoms such as discomfort or a burning sensation in the upper portion of the stomach, nausea, abdominal bloating, or belching. Do any of those symptoms sound familiar?
Most of us have days that are overflowing with activities and commitments, yet we still feel disappointed at not accomplishing more. There are times when fitting more into less time is a bad idea. Eating is one of those times. When we rush through a meal we switch our nervous system into sympathetic mode also known as "fight, flight or freeze." If you've ever eaten under tense circumstances and felt like your food was sitting in your stomach like a rock, that's because it was. When your sympathetic nervous system is dominant, blood is directed toward your extremities to deal with emergencies and away from your midsection or digestive organs.
To achieve optimal digestion it's important for your nervous system to be in parasympathetic mode. The parasympathetic nervous system is also know as "rest and digest" mode. When your body is relaxed and the parasympathetic nervous system is dominant, you tend to breathe more, chew more, taste what you are eating and digest well. So before you decide on a new superfood or enzyme supplement, perhaps it's time to take a look at your autonomic nervous system to decide whether you are spending more meals in sympathetic or parasympathetic mode.
If you, like so many others, are pressed for time and grabbing a quick meal before you jump to your next activity, please consider the following:
Eating under stress can cause
- decreased beneficial bacteria
- higher cortisol levels
- increased chance of constipation
- increased inflammation
- increased risk of osteoporosis
- lower metabolic burning of calories
- poor nutrient absorption
All the Best,
Now is the time to take an honest look in the mirror. How much time do you allow yourself to enjoy a meal? Do you chew thoroughly? Do you feel relaxed or rushed? Are you currently suffering from poor digestion? This could be your chance to be kinder to yourself by giving yourself permission to eat your meals in peace, to refuel and refresh your beautiful body.
During the next 30 days why not challenge yourself to:
1. Be the "last man standing" by being the last person to finish eating when eating with family or friends. Stretch out those mealtimes. I have fun with this one and am amazed at how slow some people actually eat. It's quite a feat to eat slower than someone who barely picks at their food and it takes concentration and mindfulness to be the last one when you are used to eating in a hurry.
2. Buy reusable take home containers for eating out. When you slow your eating, it's likely that you'll start to eat less. Having take home containers with you cuts down on waste and reminds you to eat the amount of food that matches you instead of a generic restaurant serving big enough for 2-3 people. I carry a collapsible container when eating out because they're compact and I don't have to worry about being handed a styrofoam container that will end up in a landfill. Here is my current favorite: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BP2762M/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1
You have every right to be properly nourished and to enjoy a break in a day filled with obligations and tasks. If you decide to take on one or both of the challenges, I'd love to hear how it goes for you.
"There is more to life than increasing it's speed." - Ghandi "
“In our rushing, bulls in china shops, we break our own lives.”- Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to live fully where you are
The Slow Down Diet by Marc David, www.psychologyofeating.com