Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Take Back the Power of Food

In the midst of what some consider a renaissance of food (the recent reemergence of local, sustainable, farm to table, artisanal, etc), eating has ironically lost a lot of its enjoyment.  We've lost site of moderation and balance, and blame things like the obesity epidemic on the government, media and other external sources.  It's time to re-focus on ourselves. The more attention and respect you pay to the actual act of feeding yourself, the closer we can get back to a healthy attitude towards food.  Here's an exercise to try at your next meal:

Sit down (don't stand) at a cleared off, clean table. 
Eliminate all distractions like television, music, talk radio, books, magazines and your phone.
Take a few deep, calming breaths.
Try to eat something simple and from nature like a piece of avocado with greens on whole grain bread.  No dressings or sauces.
Take a bite and pay attention to the naturally complex and delicious flavors.
Eat slowly.  Chew well.
*The brain takes at least 20 minutes to register fullness so take your time- that's why eating quickly leads to over eating.
Eat until you are satiated, not stuffed. 
Avoid drinking anything while you eat- liquids can hinder digestion by diluting your stomach's gastric juices.

Be kind to your body; pay attention to it.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wake Up with Water

After a night's rest, the body wakes up essentially from an overnight fast.  The best thing to first introduce to your body upon rising is a big glass of room temperature, filtered water (with a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice).  It awakens the digestive system and gets things moving (literally!).  Doing something healthy and beneficial for your body at the very beginning of your day sets the tone for all your other meals and decisions.

Drinking enough water throughout the day not only aids digestion but is essential for clear, glowing skin, physical and mental energy and detoxification of the entire body.