“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
-Hippocrates, Father of Medicine
We are what we eat.
The food that goes through our mouth, will be broken down and absorbed by the digestive system, and the waste products will be expelled via the stool and urine.
Food is your fuel.
When you take care of your car, you put the appropriate fuel for it right?
You’ll even put premium fuel as much as possible.
Think of a sports car running at full speed, it will surely need fuel.
Your body is like the car. It needs the right fuel to make it run smoothly and efficiently.
Don’t give it junk to reduce gunk in your system.
Give it good food with the right amount of nutrients.
This blog post is dedicated to empower you on what to eat and calibrate your eating habits.
I encourage mindful eating.
What does it mean?
Be mindful of what you eat. Choose what goes well into your body. Eat what your body will thank you for.
Be mindful of how you eat. Simply savor each bite, enjoy each moment. Take your time and focus on eating your food.
I’m listing here below some tips to help you eat right and get the essential nutrition.
The tips below are designed to help anyone who wants to shift from careless eating to mindful eating. This is for those who want the journey to happy and healthy meals.
- Use the Food Hierarchy
Go for easily digestible food. Fruits and vegetables are digested within 30 minutes to 1 hour of consumption. It makes nutrients easily available for your body, plus gives your body natural fiber. All these help eliminate wastes from your digestive system, reducing the time for bacteria to act on the digested food in the colon, and translates to good bowel movement and lesser toxins in the body. Fish takes a few hours only for digestion and has good protein and nutritious oils. On the other hand, meats (beef, lamb, pork, chicken, etc.) take 1-3 days to digest inside your tummy. Whenever you are about to eat, look first if fruits and vegetables are available, when not satisfied, then look for fish, and make meats your last option. Indicate the number of servings per day as a practical guide.
- Practice the 80/20 Rule
I noticed that a lot of people resort to binge-eating when they feel deprived of what they want to eat. After being strict on their diet, people tend to overeat and eventually regret when it is too late. This leads to frustration, less self-confidence, and poor self-control.What I recommend is mindful eating. Think purposefully before you eat. Your mind is more powerful than you hand and mouth. Eat to get nourished, not to get full. As much as possible, manage your intake so that 80% of the food you’ll eat would be healthier options, and allow 20% for the times when you cannot help but munch on the ‘bad’ stuff. You’ll be surprised how later on; making the healthier decision becomes second nature to choosing what to eat. This is because you manage the “deprivation” mindset. This simple approach gives you higher chances of consistently eating a healthier vs. unhealthy food, a lot better than running the risk of abandoning healthy eating altogether.
I’ll be sharing more tips on how to shift from careless eating to mindful eating. Please subscribe to my blog to get updates.
Blessing and Healing,
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